Experiences of Eritrean and Ethiopian Migrants During COVID-19 in the Netherlands

Bezawit Fantu, Genet Haile, Yordanos Lassooy Tekle, Sreerekha Mullassery Sathiamma, Binyam Afewerk Demena, Zemzem Shigute Shuka*

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This chapter aims to shed light on the experiences of Eritrean and Ethiopian migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Hague, the Netherlands. These include health (both physical and mental), economic and social effects. Experiences that were particular to women and children were also explored. Eighteen individual migrants varying in terms of their gender, country of origin (Eritrea or Ethiopia), profession, years of stay in the Netherlands, and marital status were interviewed using an in-depth interview guide. In addition, key informant interviews were held with representatives of two organizations working with migrant communities. An intersectionality lens was applied to frame the complex and interconnected challenges faced by migrants. Specifically, the concepts of precarious work and gender-based division of labor were used to frame findings related to financial impact and women’s experience with the pandemic, respectively. Research findings revealed intersecting layers of struggle that pose challenges to the lives of these migrants based on various factors such as language skills, employment, gender, duration of stay in the Netherlands and marital status.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCOVID-19 and International Development
EditorsElissaios Papyrakis
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-82339-9
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Jan 2022


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