23 March 2020

Thematic Focus: More on COVID-19

[NOTE: I am re-circulating this blog post since I have added a number of new references including a second UNHCR paper (on the EU Commission´s Guidelines for border management measures), more commentary and an APRRN database initiative.]


Migration & Coronavirus: A Complicated Nexus Between Migration Management and Public Health, 24 March 2020 [info]

Blog posts & press:

3 Actions ICE Should Take Now During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Immigration Impact Blog, March 2020) [text]

"12 Changes to the US Immigration System during the Coronavirus Pandemic," CNN, 18 March 2020 [text]

"Canada and the US Agree to Turn Back Migrants at Border," AP News, 20 March 2020 [text]

"Canada to Turn Back Asylum Seekers, Close Border at Midnight to Stop Spread of COVID-19," CBC News, 20 March 2020 [text]

*Considering the Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees (Kaldor Centre, March 2020) [access]
- Provides list of key commentary on COVID-19.

"Coronavirus: US, Canada and Mexico Suspend Most Border Traffic," BBC News, 20 March 2020 [text]

*Coronavirus Cannot Become an Excuse to Label Groups of People 'Invasive' (Immigration Impact Blog, March 2020) [text]

COVID-19 & Humanitarian Response: Leave No-One Behind, RSIS Commentary, no. 44 (Nanyang Technological University, March 2020) [text]

COVID-19 Does Not Discriminate; Nor Should Our Response (IOM, March 2020) [text]
- See also related press release.

*"Essential Info on Immigration Law during the Coronavirus Outbreak," New York Daily News, 23 March 2020 [text]

*Flying News about the Corona Virus (IOM et al., March 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Note: "Flying News is a term the Rohingya use to refer to rumours and rapidly spreading gossip.:

*Global Response to COVID-10 Should Not Undermine the Right of Asylum (APRRN, March 2020) [text]

Human Rights Dimensions of COVID-19 Response (Human Rights Watch, March 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Refugees in Asia Face Delays, Pushbacks as Coronavirus Shuts Borders," Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 20 March 2020 [text]

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis While Protecting Asylum Seekers (Amnesty International et al., March 2020) [text]
- Call from NGOs to the "Trump Administration to cease its reported plan to shut the border to people seeking asylum in the United States."

Statement by Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, on the COVID-19 Crisis (UNHCR, March 2020) [text]

Temporary Reintroduction of Border Control (European Commission, March 2020) [text]

Travel Bans in Europe: A Legal Appraisal (EU Immigration & Asylum Law & Policy Blog, March 2020 [Part I] [Part II]

Updated ICE Statement on COVID-19 (U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, March 2020) [text]
- See also Vox news story.

What the Coronavirus Outbreak Means for Thousands of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon (openDemocracy, March 2020) [text]

"World's Most Vulnerable in 'Third Wave' for Covid-19 Support, Experts Warn," The Guardian, 20 March 2020 [text]


How Will COVID-19 Impact Crisis Zones? (The New Humanitarian, March 2020) [access]
- Follow link for video.


*COVID-19 Response Portal (ALNAP) [access]
- "This portal holds a vast collection of guidelines, tools, papers and lessons learnt from across and beyond the ALNAP Membership which are relevant to responding to the current COVID-19 pandemic."

*Media Mentions of Refugees and COVID-19 (APRRN) [access/contribute]
- "APRRN is building a databank of articles, editorials, & advocacy statements on COVID19 affecting refugees & other migrants."

The Sphere Standards and the Coronavirus Response (Sphere, Feb. 2020) [access]

*UNHCR Legal Considerations with Regard to the EU Commission´s Guidelines for Border Management Measures to Protect Health and Ensure the Availability of Goods and Essential Services (UNHCR, March 2020) [text]


Related posts:
News: UNHCR Paper on COVID-19 (18 March 2020)
Thematic Focus: COVID-19 & Displaced Populations (16 March 2020)

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

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