27 August 2021

Pandemic Precarity and the Livelihoods of Migrant Workers in China and Cambodia

Creating jobs and providing decent employment is central to global development agendas. Indeed, Sustainable Development Goal 8 targets nothing less than decent work for all by 2030. Yet precarious—simply put poorly paid, unprotected and insecure—work is a defining feature of late capitalism, and nowhere is this more obvious than among the migrant workers in Asia whose labour largely sustains global production networks.

How did the Covid-19 pandemic impact the lives and livelihoods of migrant workers in East and Southeast Asia? What kind of long term impacts is the pandemic likely to have, and what are the prospects for decent jobs in the region?

In this episode Arve Hansen of the Norwegian Network for Asian Studies is joined by Dennis Arnold and Thomas Sætre Jakobsen to discuss pandemic precarity in China and Cambodia.