Refugees are disproportionately vulnerable to COVID-19, as they live in conditions that increase their risk of contagion. Refugees and other displaced people are some of the most marginalized and vulnerable members of society. They are particularly at risk during this disease outbreak because they often have limited access to water, sanitation and health facilities. For example, in densely populated refugee camps, social distancing is challenging; and if basic sanitation is lacking, proper hand hygiene is close to impossible. Moreover, the pandemic has strained the finances of governments, nongovernmental organizations and humanitarian agencies that serve refugees. The economic crisis caused by efforts to contain the pandemic is worsening refugees’ already precarious situation in informal labor markets.
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