Covid-19 and Migration: what our institutes have been working on
More on Covid-19 and migration? Our community has already been very proactive.
Different Member Institutes have been working on the issue. Here you can find an input from the likes of ISMU regarding the regularization of unauthorized migrants as well as ICMPD contributed with the following articles. That’s not it: contributions from GRITIM-UPF, CIES-Iscte, Check the links for more.
ISMU has launched a research project to investigate the debate and legislation (within the so-called 'Recovery' Decree, 13.05.2020) concerning the regularization of unauthorized migrants in Italy.
The legislation targets different categories of migrant and affects a wide variety of stakeholders and of economic sectors.
The core issues at the basis of this regularization are the primary sector’s economic crisis and the need to contain the spread of Covid19 contagion though the Decree also alludes to the intention to regularize also pre-existing and irregular employment contracts in order to respond to the specific needs of the Italian labour market.
Therefore, ISMU has activated a multidisciplinary monitoring consisting of the following phases:
- Analysis and comments by ISMU experts on the provisions of the Decree;
- Monitoring of the implementation of the Decree;
- Conduction of semi-structured interviews to key-informants and key-actors - in the public sector and among business and civil society organizations - holding different perspectives on the implementation of the Decree.
Want to know more about the New Italian Regularization?
Here you can find our first remarks!
ICMPD has produced a series of Expert Voices related to the Covid-19 crisis and its impacts on migration, below are the two authored by our colleagues in the Research Unit:
GRITIM-UPF published a policy paper about "COVID-19’s Impact on Migration and Migration Studies. Exploring Directions for a New Migration Research Agenda". Here is the link for more:
Pandemic Immobility: The Impact of the Covid-19 Lockdown on International students in Portugal.
- Daniel Malet Calvo,
- David Cairns,
- Thais França (CIES-IUL, ISCTE-IUL) and
- Leonardo Azevedo: Universidade de Juíz de Fora, Brazil
The impact of Covid-19 has been profound across the world. As part of the global lockdown, countries have limited human circulation to an unprecedented extent, disrupting the lives of many people including international students. Using the example of Portugal, our research looks at the impact of the pandemic among this cohort, with evidence from 30 interviews conducted during the lockdown. Particular attention is paid to the challenges faced by students from the Global South compared to their peers from the Global North, and the ability of those with fewer resources to cope with what we have termed ‘pandemic immobility.’ For further information, see the link below:
And also, still from CIES (Iscte-IUL):
The Inequality Observatory from the CIES (Iscte-IUL) presents short videos inviting sociologists to give their testimonies to discuss the impacts and consequences of the COVID-19 crisis on social inequalities:"A sociological look at the COVID-19 crisis ".
The Coronavirus and Mobility Forum by COMPAS
How can a mobility perspective shed light on the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and what can we learn about mobilities throughout the pandemic and for the future? Mobilities are not only basic human practices; they frame how global society is organized and disrupted. They are managed by national and international policies and regulations.
This forum facilitates discussion among researchers from multiple disciplines across the world to deepen our understandings of the crisis, and to explore new tools in migration research that will help us to make sense of the fast-moving world.
Necessary links for reader to further their curiosity: