• Mary Mee Yin Yuen Holy Spirit Seminary, Hong Kong


COVID-19, Construction Workers, Female Domestic Helps, Migrant Workers, Protection for Migrant Workers, Solidarity, Farm Workers


This article examines the impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers worldwide. Given their special working conditions and living environment, migrant workers in different contexts are exposed to more vulnerable situations. Here, first, the general trend of migrant workers under COVID-19 is delineated. Second, the vulnerable situations of three migrant groups, namely the male construction workers, the female domestic helpers, and the farm workers, from different parts of the world are examined in order to illustrate their dilemma and difficulties. Third, ethical and theological reflections are offered. Finally, based on certain researchers and international organization’s observations, some policy responses are suggested.

Author Biography

Mary Mee Yin Yuen, Holy Spirit Seminary, Hong Kong

Mary Mee-Yin Yuen, is Professor of Social Ethics at the Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology and Philosophy in Hong Kong. She is also a researcher and editor at the Holy Spirit Study Centre, also based in Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies (Christian ethics and Chinese social thought) from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA. Her licentiate of sacred theology (social ethics) and MA in theology (ethics and social theory) are from the Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University, USA. She is the author of Solidarity and Reciprocity with Migrants in Asia: Catholic and Confucian Ethics in Dialogue (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).


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How to Cite

Yin Yuen, M. M. . (2022). COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON MIGRANT WORKERS WORLDWIDE. Asian Horizons, (1), 73–84. Retrieved from