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|1 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|1 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), 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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Guest Blog: Behind the Scenes of Award-Winning Film Life on the Move

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

Guest blog by Osbert Parker. Osbert is an award-winning director with more than 30 years’ experience working in the Film, TV and entertainment industries. He balances freelance work with delivering master classes, seminars and running international animation workshops.   Life on the Move was initially the idea of the London International Development Centre Migration Leadership Team (MLT). I was approached to make a film about mixed migration around the Horn of

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Evidence, Data and the Global Compacts

By Heleen Tummers|September 10, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

In April 2019, the Migration Leadership Team held its Brussels Migration Conversation, in partnership with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Research Social Platform on Migration and Asylum. The full report of that meeting is available here, as are the reports of the other conversations. A major theme of the conversation was on thinking about the role of evidence and data on the implementation of the Global

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Guest Blog: Transit as a Political Place

By Louisa Brain|August 1, 2019|Uncategorized|1 comments

Guest blog by Ángela Iranzo Dosdad. Ángela is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Deusto and a visiting scholar at SOAS University of London. ‘Europe was not my destination; neither was it mine…’ Europeans construct their own myths; conservatives and even progressives feed the idea of Europe as the desired destination of clandestine Sub-Saharan migrants. However, the apparent common wisdom lacks much empirical support. This widespread assumption is, in fact, an

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Guest Blog: Challenging The Hostile Environment Through Welcoming Acts

By Jenny Allsopp|June 17, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Giovanna Gini and Janina Pescinski. Giovanna Gini and Janina Pescinski are Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholars at Queen Mary University of London. Giovanna is looking into processes of identity negotiation and cultural transformation under climate change and human mobility in ‘traditional’ communities of Brazil. Janina’s research examines how people are performing citizenship by assisting migrant noncitizens, how the state criminalizes such actions, and how citizenship transforms as a consequence.

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