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Moldova Braces for Large Numbers of Returning Migrants

The tiny Eastern European country of Moldova is bracing itself for a large return of overseas migrant workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost one million of the country’s 3.5 million citizens reside abroad, and the remittances they send home accounts for roughly 16 per cent of the country’s GDP, or around  US$ 1.2 billion a year. 

They often work in low-skilled jobs in the catering, agricultural, entertainment, or hospitality industries. Up to 70,000 of them have little job security, working without formal contracts. 

Migrant Doctor in UK Dies of COVID-19 as Health Workers Worldwide Battle On Against Virus

Two weeks after the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic, Dr. Adil El Tayar, a famed organ transplant surgeon in the United Kingdom contracted the virus tending to his patients in hospital. He died on 25 March, five days after testing positive for the disease.

Dr. El Tayar is the first health professional to die in the United Kingdom of Covid-19 and one of many frontline health workers who have risked and lost their lives over the last few months in the growing, global battle to contain the virus and treat the increasing numbers of critically ill.

The Truman Virus

Anyone who watched the 1990s cult film The Truman Show will remember the fictitious reality show’s slogan: “How’s It Going To End?”

Truman, a geeky insurance salesman in his late 20s was the oblivious star of the ultimate reality show that captivated the planet. As he went about his daily life in “The Dome” – a huge studio visible from space – millions watched, enraptured by the unspoken compact with the broadcaster: Someday this has to end.

"Awaken, the Morning Nowruz Breeze is Showering the Garden with Flowers"

Those lines are uppermost on the minds of millions of people in at least 21 countries – plus millions more migrants around the globe – as they begin the celebration of Nowruz, which is the beginning of spring and also often known as Persian New Year.

The festival is marked in a great swathe of the planet from the Caucasus mountains on the edge of Europe to the Tian Shen mountains on the western Chinese border.

And this year it will be very, very different.