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Comparative perspectives on migration, diversities and the pandemic

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The global COVID19 pandemic that has challenged social life in a profound way, including migration and migration-related diversities. It has challenged and sometimes deepened existing social structures and inequalities as well as created new ones. However, the precise impact of COVID19 remains often unclear, as do the broader implications for how we conceptualize and theorize migration and diversities in the field of migration studies. 

This special issue seeks to contribute to a better empirical and theoretical understanding of the impact of the pandemic on migration and migration-related diversities  It does so from a purposefully comparative perspective that will allow for a truly global understanding of the implications of the pandemic across diverse social, economic and political settings. 

The special issue (developed in an open and global call amongst migration researchers) will be structured along four different themes. First, we will look at the impact of the pandemic on refugee migration. Being amongst the most vulnerable of migrant groups, what have been the implications for this category of migrants? Secondly, we will look at another group that has been affected directly by the pandemic: labour migrants. How has the pandemic affected and perhaps structurally changed patterns of labour migration. Thirdly, we will look more specifically at migration governance. The pandemic has had a tremendous temporary effect on migration governance, but what more structural challenges can be identified? Finally, we will look at inclusion. How has the pandemic challenged or added to inequalities in society, and what responses can be identified?

Edited by Peter Scholten, Magdalena Arias Cubas, Sanam Roohi, Anju Mary Paul and Jacques Ramirez

Labour Migration

Migration and mobility of third-country national labour workers to and inside Europe during the Covid-19 pandemic – a legal analysis
By Adolfo Sommarribas & Birte Nienaber 
Published on: 27 May 2021

Migration Governance 

Who is watching? Refugee protection during a pandemic - responses from Uganda and South Africa
By Khangelani Moyo, Kalyango Ronald Sebba & Franzisca Zanker 
Published on: 10 August 2021


Refugee Migration