In 2019 more than 500,000 Tajiks left their Central Asian home to work abroad. The current COVID Pandemic is causing concerns for all of them, but particularly for those who are already vulnerable, such as those living with HIV and AIDS.
In Tbilisi and in other cities of Georgia, streets are mostly empty and we hear emergency vehicle sirens much more often than before. The four main cities, Tbilisi, Rustavi, Batimu and Kutaisi and many villages are on lockdown to prevent further spread of the virus.
The views expressed by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in its recent position related to climate change and migration do not fundamentally change the status quo for those vulnerable to the impacts of climate change; however, they do flag the urgency of developing a concerted response from the international community to provide migration options to people most severely affected by climate change impacts.