Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
All Sessions by Michele Levoy
The Health Crisis
The impact of Covid-19 on migrants and refugees
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The pandemic and the range of measures introduced by states to limit the spread of the virus have had far-reaching impacts on migrants and refugees, due to the often precarious legal status and socio-economic vulnerabilities faced by those populations.
This Lab session aims to discuss the main challenges faced by migrants and refugees in light of the evolving policy and legal responses to Covid-19. It considers the fundamental rights impact of restrictive policies, including border closures, travel restrictions and the suspension of asylum procedures. It also aims to identify promising practices developed by states, international organisations and NGOs to ensure that the fundamental rights of migrants and refugees are protected, including in the context of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.
This session is organised as part of ASILE, a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.