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Employers and business play a vital role in protecting migrant workers and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many provide essential care, services and goods and, in doing so, rely heavily on their migrant workforce. This includes nurses, doctors and other frontline care workers as well as the agricultural, transport and retail workers that keep our cities and towns supplied with food and other essential items.

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This report, in responding to needs expressed by Caribbean States, identifies opportunities for capacity-building and partnership to improve harmonization, data collection, and regional cooperation. It examines the economic and security dimensions of free movement of people in the Caribbean region, combining a theoretical analysis of the impact of free mobility with empirical findings.

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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic affects the activities of the food system (food production, processing, distribution, marketing and consumption) and its outcomes —particularly food security and social well-being. This report, co-edited by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), offers policy recommendations for sustaining demand and administering the food trade during the emergency and preventing a regional food crisis should it continue.

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Estela Aragón, Research Officer, IOM Regional Office for North America, Central America and the Caribbean

Briana Mawby, Lead Researcher, IOM Regional Office for North America, Central America and the Caribbean

Wanya Illes, Senior Technical Officer, Caribbean Community

Clarence Henry, Programme Officer, Regional Integration Unit, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States

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