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Reaching out to migrant households during COVID-19 outbreak: the increasing need of social workers in Cambodia

Cambodia, a lower-middle-income country in Southeast Asia, reported 275 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Despite lower reported cases, COVID-19 impacts Cambodian socio-economic systems in profound ways. With more than 1.1 million Cambodians having migrated abroad and low-income families in rural Cambodia relying heavily on remittances, the sudden loss of jobs caused by the pandemic raised an important question on how migrant households are prioritised among the rising society-wide needs.

Migration impacts on Cambodian children and families left behind

Despite the large flow of internal and international/cross-border labor migration and its importance to economic development and poverty alleviation, little is known of the health and social consequences to migrants and their families in Cambodia. The link between migration and the institutionalization of children of migrant workers is also poorly understood. This study addresses two key research questions: 
1 - Are there any significant health and social consequences to left-behind children and family members of migrant workers in Cambodia?