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Migration and coronavirus
A webinar on migration and the coronavirus, organized by the Migration Policy Institute and the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, will be held on March 24th at 3:30pm. It will discuss the state of the situation around the world, where experts will compare the current response (and rhetoric) with what was seen during previous major public health crises in the United States and internationally, and discuss how this may affect future mobility and international cooperation on issues such as humanitarian protection.
Governments around the world have adopted significant migration management measures to try to contain and halt the spread of covid-19. Border closures, travel restrictions, prohibitions on arrivals from certain areas, and heightened screening have been among the leading policy responses, initially to try to block covid-19 from crossing borders and later, as the pandemic became a global one, as part of a raft of mobility restrictions seeking to mitigate further spread. The success of these restrictions in stemming the initial breakout of public health threats across international borders as well as their role in mitigating “community spread” within affected states is a matter of dispute.  More clear, however, is that internal measures — such as business closures and “lockdown” orders — are likely to be borne disproportionately by the most vulnerable, including refugees, unauthorized populations, and other immigrants.
T. Alexander Aleinikoff, University Professor and Director, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, and former Deputy UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, Associate Director, International Program, Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
Alan Kraut, University Professor of History, American University, and MPI Nonresident Fellow
Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow, MPI, and former Commissioner, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service

More information and registration here

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