The pandemic seems to go on and on, but the end is in sight. Since the very beginning, Covid has made life miserable to so many people, many of them are still waiting what will happen in the future.

One of the groups that was hit hardest are migrant workers in Europe. One of the most essential branches to the economy of EU, many of them were forced to return to their countries of origin, waiting for better days.
As an example, let us take a look of how European countries that have the largest amounts of workers abroad acted at the start of the pandemic.

In spring 2020, over 1.5 million citizens returned to Romania from high‐risk zones in countries where COVID‐19 had spread, including Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, and the United Kingdom. Despite the high contagion potential of this migratory wave, the country registered 16,000 confirmed cases and 1,016 deaths by mid‐May, a relatively strong containment outcome for a population of 19.4 million (Romania Insider, 2020a). In Poland, a country of about 38 million, the virus seemed well‐contained in spring, with only around 1,300 reported infections and 16 deaths by late March (Castle, 2020). Like Romanian migrants, many Polish workers repatriated after losing their jobs in hospitality, agriculture, caring, and construction. After the Polish government announced its decision to close the borders and to suspend regular air travel on March 15, the prime minister’s office and LOT Polish Airlines launched Operation #FlightHome, a repatriation program/air bridge that lasted from March 15 to April 5 and that commissioned 388 flights to help 54,000 Poles return home from abroad (Poland In, 2020). Many more Poles repatriated outside the auspices of the program.

So, the EU countries knew what they were doing and anticipated the loss of employment for their citizens working abroad. In fact, examples such as the above were present thought Europe. But there were still many workers from third world countries, especially from East Asia, that did not receive this kind of treatment. Many got caught in the countries they worked in with no option of returning home.

It is in these situations that Aster International jumps in. We provide not only support throughout the recruitment and employment process, but also intervene where something goes wrong and the situation needs to be amended.

Support migrant workers that bring so much to our countries on a global scale!

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