ISSN ONLINE: 2558-815X
ISSN PRINT: 1584-9244
ISSN-L: 1584-9244

COVID-19 and its implications for the expatriate communities in Saudi Arabia


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a major concern worldwide, especially for migrant workers who are facing unprecedented hardships in all regions. However, there is limited research on how this vulnerable demographic group has coped with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, this narrative review was conducted to highlight the issues expatriates are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on the people living in Saudi Arabia. Some of the practices to combat the COVID-19 pandemic include providing timely health communications, providing equitable health services to all foreign workers, electronically tracking the health status of citizens and residents, and improving the living conditions of migrant workers, and maintaining an uninterrupted supply of food, implementation of economic reforms in the labor sector, effective border closures and travel restrictions, and regulation of social and religious gatherings. This study also proposes some recommendations to ensure the safety, health and well-being of expatriate communities around the world in pandemic situations.
Keywords: COVID-19, healthcare, expatriates, migrants, equitable health, Saudi Arabia.

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Iqbal SA, Subbarayalu AV, Tayyab N. COVID-19 and its implications for the expatriate communities in Saudi Arabia. Arch Balk Med Union. 2023;58(2):195-203.