Working with IOM as a health and data consultant in response and preparedness for COVID-19 in Tanzania

By Heleen Tummers|May 26, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

By Blick Nuwe Image 1. Discussion with a security personnel on one unofficial PoE in Kigoma Region As a data management consultant in the field, it is both challenging and fascinating to work in emergencies. At the start of March 2020, I started to work as a health and data consultant with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Tanzania. My main terms of reference include: working with the mission’s Program Coordinator

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Greece: Locals “stay at home” while migrants “stay invisible” – part III

By Heleen Tummers|May 19, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

Yannis Dirakis works in Vathi Camp on the Greek Island of Samos. He writes, in 3 parts, on the impact of Covid-19 on the already fragile refugee situation in his country. In Part I and Part II, he wrote about the situation before the Covid-19 outbreak and the refugee protection and Greek response after the outbreak. In this final part, he discusses the further discrimination of migrants in Covid-19 response

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Greece: Locals “stay at home” while migrants “stay invisible” – part II

By Heleen Tummers|May 7, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

Yannis Dirakis works in Vathi Camp on the Greek Island of Samos. He writes, in 3 parts, on the impact of Covid-19 on the already fragile refugee situation in his country. In Part I, accessible here, he wrote about the already worrying refugee situation in Greece before the Covid-19 outbreak. In Part II, he discusses the lack of protection and the Greek approach to Covid-19 in the camps. Disclaimer: all the

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Greece: Locals “stay at home” while migrants “stay invisible” – part I

By Heleen Tummers|April 30, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

Blog series by Yannis Dirakis. Yannis works in Vathi Camp on the Greek Island of Samos and writes, in 3 parts, on the impact of Covid-19 on the already fragile refugee situation in his country. Part I – Covid-19 and the current situation in Greece Across the globe, there is evidence that the most prominent victims of the coronavirus pandemic are the economically weakest; such as those excluded from or with

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The impact of COVID-19 lockdown on migrant workers and global remittances

By Heleen Tummers|April 27, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

Kavita Datta, Professor in Development Geography, Queen Mary University of London. Vincent Guermond, Post-doctoral Researcher, Royal Holloway University of London.  Migrant remittances are a largely invisible issue in the coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic even while im/mobility has perhaps never been so widely experienced nor contested. With job and wage losses attributable to the pandemic adversely impacting upon migrant dependent labour market sectors, a slowdown in international remittances looks increasingly

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Borders of an epidemic: The Covid-19 War and Migrant Workers in India

By Louisa Brain|April 22, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

By Ranabir Samaddar This blog has been extracted from the chapter ‘Introduction: Borders of an Epidemic’ of the recently published book ‘Borders of an Epidemic: Covid-19 and Migrant Workers’, the former written and the latter edited by Professor Ranabir Samaddar and published by the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (2020).   The Covid-19 war and public power War revises international order. Colonial wars changed political orders in many parts of the

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How will Remittances Affect the Somali Covid-19 Response?

By Louisa Brain|April 8, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

By Nisar Majid and Laura Hammond, with Nauja Kleist, Khalif Abdirahman and Guhad Adan[1]* This blog is being published simultaneously by the Research and Evidence Facility and the Conflict Research Programme at the London School of Economics The COVID-19 pandemic is an event of radical uncertainty: we don’t know the dynamics of the pandemic in different contexts (especially in Africa), nor its wider economic impact. We don’t know if this shock will compound other stresses afflicting Somalis

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Family reunification and COVID-19: reflections on the situation of refugees

By Louisa Brain|March 30, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

By Patrícia Nabuco Martuscelli, PhD in Political Science at Universidade de São Paulo (USP), patnabuco@alumni.usp.br In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, states have adopted many restrictive measures to protect the population from the virus. These include travel bans, social distancing, and isolation as attempts to flatten the contamination curve giving a chance to national health systems to cope with this disease. While this blog post does not challenge the importance

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How is COVID-19 affecting migrants and refugees around the world? An invitation to a conversation

By Louisa Brain|March 30, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

By Professor Laura Hammond, Principal Investigator, LIDC-MLT As I write this, it is estimated that ¼ of the world’s population is in some form of lockdown. Various forms of ‘social isolation’ are being practiced, from people being advised to work at home if they can, to restrictions on the sizes of social groupings and on the movement of people within and between regions as well as strict lockdowns and shelter

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Political Commitment and the Theatre of the Global Refugee Forum: A Recap

By Louisa Brain|December 21, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

By Laura Hammond, MLT Team Leader I’m just back from the first-ever Global Refugee Forum, a gathering of over 3000 government, UN, NGO, academic and refugee representatives, hosted by UNHCR in Geneva from 16-18 December  2019. It was a whirlwind, aimed at mobilising international support for the Global Compact on Refugees, which was signed a year ago. On that score, it was a success –UNHCR reported that 770 pledges had been been received

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