In attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, containment measures have been imposed globally which have significantly limited movement of goods and people. Migrants are vulnerable to the spread of the virus in crowded shelter conditions, including camps or informal settlements, where maintaining social distancing and hygiene and sanitation standards is impossible and where health care is largely inaccessible. Informal labour has faced significant disruption, and migrants are not eligible for social protection schemes to balance their loss of livelihood. Without protocols in place for their protection, migrants, particularly asylum seekers, who have fled situations of violence, are especially impacted by border closures. This series examines how the pandemic has impacted migration rhetoric linked to security (as risks to public health), as well as the longer term impact on socio-economic inclusion and social cohesion.
Containment measures have significantly limited movement of goods and people, particularly of migrants, informal workers and asylum seekers.