No access to welfare, free healthcare: Refugees in India among the worst hit by Covid-19

Around 200,000 refugees are among the worst affected by India‘s Covid-19 outbreak as they have no access to welfare schemes or free healthcare, said in a new report ‘Together We Can: The Covid–19 Impact on Stateless People and a Roadmap for Change,’ by Europe-based Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. 

“The stateless in India have not received economic relief packages provided by the government…they don’t have a bank account or proof of citizenship,” said in the report. 

The report covered the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on refugees and the stateless living in 13 countries, including India, Malaysia, and Bangladesh. 

The report also said that India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 discriminates against Sri Lankan refugees of all religions who have been in India for the last thirty years. 

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