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Analyses, Perspectives and Opinions

RLS Southeast Asia regularly publishes political analyses and working papers on current and relevant topics from the Mekong Region. Together with our partners, we shed light on different opinions and introduce perspectives on pressing social and ecological questions and challenges. The publications are categorized according to topics and countries and can be selected using the links below.

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Corona Crisis in the Mekong: From Extractive Imperialism to a New Bloom


This paper provides an introduction to the initial impacts of the corona crisis on some the most vulnerable populations across the Mekong at the end of its first year. Part one highlights uneven fortunes of different social class fractions, from low paid workers in export-oriented industries to those participating in informal economies, immigrant workers and displaced persons. These fortunes are contrasted with those of salaried workers, big firms, and investors in financial markets.


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Impacts of the covid-19 pandemic on returning migrants in three villages of Hard-pho, Nakham and Sinxay, Bolikhamxay Province, Lao PDR

This study into the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on returning migrants in the three villages of Hard- Pho, Nakham and Sinxay in Bolikhamxay Province, Laos was conducted by a group of researchers in partnership with GAPE and NPA Consulting from May to December 2020. The study aimes to gain insights into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic of these migrants regarding the socio- economic situation, their coping strategies, and to identify areas of needs for support and policy interventions.

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