16 March 2020

Thematic Focus: COVID-19 & Displaced Populations

Blog posts & press:

10 Things You Should Know about Coronavirus and Refugees (NRC, March 2020) [text]

*The Asylum Seekers' Guide to Surviving Coronavirus (The Asylumist Blog, March 2020) [text]

*Coronavirus and Border Guards Powers (RLI Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

"Coronavirus Emergency Aid Funding," The New Humanitarian, 12 March 2020 [text]

"Coronavirus Fears are Bearing Down on Syrian Refugees," VOA News, 28 Feb. 2020 [text]

Coronavirus is Spreading across Borders, But It is Not a Migration Problem (MPI Commentary, March 2020) [text]

*"The Greek Refugees Battling to Prevent Covid-19 with Handmade Face Masks," The Guardian, 18 March 2020 [text]

"How Coronavirus Hits Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Italy," The New Humanitarian, 16 March 2020 [text]

"How the Coronavirus Outbreak Could Hit Refugees and Migrants," The New Humanitarian, 27 Feb. 2020 [text]

How the Coronavirus is Impacting Immigration (Immigration Impact Blog, March 2020) [text]

*IOM, UNHCR Announce Temporary Suspension of Resettlement Travel for Refugees (UNHCR, March 2020) [text]

"No Soap, Little Water, and No Way Out: Refugee Camps Brace for Coronavirus," Vice News, 13 March 2020 [text]

Refugees Must be Included in COVID-19 Response, Not Vilified or Ignored (APRRN, March 2020) [text]

"Q&A: WHO's Mike Ryan on How Countries in Crisis Can Prepare for a Coronavirus Epidemic," The New Humanitarian, 12 March 2020 [text]

"Trump’s Immigration Policy Could Cause a Coronavirus Disaster in Migrant Border Camps," Vox, 9 March 2020 [text]

"US: Immigrants Can Seek Coronavirus Care Without Fear," AP News, 13 March 2020 [text]


Coronavirus Emergency Appeal: UNHCR’s Preparedness and Response Plan (UNHCR, March 2020) [text]
- See also related press release.

Guidance Note on COVID-19 acute respiratory disease for UNHCR Operations (UNHCR, Feb. 2020) [text]

ICE Guidance on COVID-19 (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, March 2020) [text]

*Interim Guidance: Scaling-up COVID-19 Outbreak Readiness and Response Operations in Humanitarian Situations Including Camps and Camp-like Settings, Version 1.1 (IASC, March 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]

IOM Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan: Coronavirus Disease 2019, February-August 2020 (IOM, Feb. 2020) [text]


The Coronavirus Poses a Big Threat to Refugees and People in Humanitarian Crisis (UN Dispatch, March 2020) [access]
- Follow link for podcast interview with Dr. Paul B. Spiegel, director of the Center for Humanitarian Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. "Dr. Spiegel explains that he is immediately concerned about the implications of Covid-19 spreading among the densely populated Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, as well as more broadly the implications of the spread of coronavirus to humanitarian crises and countries with weak health systems, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa."


Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (World Health Organization) [access]
- WHO's information page.

Google Scholar [access]
- The home page includes links to freely available articles on COVID-19 from major scholarly journal publishers.

LitCovid (National Library of Medicine) [access]
- "[A] curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus."

Mapped: Where the Coronavirus is Spreading (The New Humanitarian) [access]


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