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

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 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 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, 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)

A recording of this webinar can be found here.