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Webinar: COVID-19 and Border Closures: How are Vulnerable Migrants Affected?

Jun 29

As part of Population Europe's activities under the H2020 Project “Vulnerabilities Under the Global Protection Regime” (VULNER), we are pleased to invite you to join our upcoming Webinar “COVID-19 and Border Closures: How are Vulnerable Migrants Affected?”

Date: Monday, 29 June

Time: 15:00-16:00 (Berlin time)

You may register by filling out our registration form:


As the COVID-19 epidemic has spread across Europe and beyond, border closures are deeply affecting migrants. 

  • Asylum seekers face additional obstacles in accessing protection and have mostly ended up stranded in reception centres and refugee camps. 
  • Migrant caregivers are losing their jobs or face additional obstacles in leaving situations of abuse.

During this webinar, migration scholars will take stock of legal and policy measures adopted in the EU and Canada, discuss how these measures have impacted vulnerable migrants and examine some of the solutions that have been set in motion. Following five short presentations, the speakers will take your questions!


Moderator: Marie-Claire Foblets (Director, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)

  1. EU Border closures. Which Effects on Vulnerable Migrants? (Luc Leboeuf, Head of Research Group VULNER, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology).
  2. The relocation of unaccompanied minors from Greek refugee camps (Jessica Schultz, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Law Faculty, University of Bergen)
  3. Migrant caregivers’ multiple vulnerabilities: the Italian case (Sabrina Marchetti, Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
  4. Health and Safety of Vulnerable Migrants in the Time of COVID-19: A Look at the Canadian Situation (Delphine Nakache, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa)
  5. Concluding thoughts. (Biao Xiang, Professor of Social Anthropology, Oxford University)


This webinar is organised thanks to funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870845.

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