Iva Kubickova, Content Marketing Executive   01 April 2020

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The world is dealing with an unprecedented health crisis and many households are facing uncertain times. Our thoughts are with all individuals affected by the pandemic. Yet, our special recognition belongs to the group who are facing a unique set of challenges - migrant communities. Whether it is overseas migrant workers, homemakers without a support system or expats stuck in their host countries unable to go back home.

At WorldRemit we are working around the clock to ensure that we support you in the best way possible. Now more than ever, it’s essential for us to get your money to your loved ones.

Almost every day, new restrictions and limitations are introduced into our lives. We recognize how important it is to keep your attention on sources that are factual and informative, but which also keep your spirits up. And so, we have prepared a list of sources which may come in handy. 

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The best sources about the global Covid-19 pandemic

Both public and private organizations are doing their best to limit the spread of Covid-19. Keeping people around the world informed and up to date is a powerful weapon that’s saving the lives of many. Here are some of the best sources: 

Also, public health experts and scientists on social media are tirelessly offering insights into the Covid-19 situation. Some of the valuable sources are:

  1. Ian MacKay, Australian virologist, and blogger

  2. Helen Branswell, STAT senior writer on infectious disease

  3. Florian Krammer, a microbiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York

  4. Kelly Hills, a bioethicist

  5. Nicholas Evans, a bioethicist

  6. Adam Kucharski, mathematician/epidemiologist

  7. Isabella Eckerle, a professor at the Geneva Center for Emerging Viral Diseases in Switzerland

From around the web | What has caught our attention

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The best sources for migrants during Covid-19 outbreak

As a migrant, you’re most likely following news in the country where you live, as well as keeping an eye on everything that’s happening in your homeland.

National embassies all around the world are offering their citizens living abroad extra support. This includes extra information on their news feeds, recommendations on their social media platforms, registration for those living abroad, or even free repatriation for those who chose to go back home following the pandemic crisis.

We recommend you  keep an eye on the following sources:

  • Government websites
  • Ministries of Foreign Affairs of your home country
  • Ministries of Health of your home country
  • The national embassy of your home country

Based on our top sending and receiving countries, we have prepared a list of sources for you, so you can bookmark them and get back to those when needed.

Ghanaian diaspora

Kenyan diaspora 

Nigerian diaspora

Filipino diaspora 

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The best sources to keep your spirits up 

Here are some of the positive news sites which we love to hear about.

The Good News Network is tirelessly updating its site with all positive news surrounding the pandemic. Read about how hotels open up free rooms to healthcare workers, or how hundreds of people volunteer to foster pets, or how the science uses antibodies from recovered patients to find a vaccine for Covid-19, and many others.

Alternatively, this article by SeattlePI summarises twenty-five pieces of good news regarding Covid-19.

You can also control what news you see on your social media. Try following good-news-only accounts like @coronavirusgoodnews, and hide or unfollow any accounts that are increasing your anxiety or stress levels during these times.

As a high number of WorldRemit employees are migrants themselves, social distancing has left many of us feeling isolated and further from home than ever before. As a team, we regularly communicate and share our experiences to get through uncertain times like these. And the same goes for our families and friends.

Right now, the best source to keep our spirits up is to be in touch with our communities - if it is back home, or in your current country of living. Show up for those who need help the most.

A brief guideline on sending money during the Covid-19 outbreak

WorldRemit is here to help you to send money to your loved ones affected by Covid-19, safely and quickly. 

As an online money transfer service, you can send money with us 24/7 via our website and app. The whole WorldRemit team is working hard to keep all services running as usual - and we keep our customers informed about all restrictions (such as cash pick up locations availability) on our website.

With many countries entering quarantine, we encourage you to send a mobile money transfer or bank transfer instead of a cash pick up. This way, you can count on your money reaching your recipients as quickly as possible. Click here for more information.

Wherever you are in the world, our thoughts are with you and your loved ones.

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