As COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly, the effects of the virus remain devastating to populations across the globe. While government officials have attempted to mitigate the effects of the virus outbreak, certain populations face a higher threat of being negatively impacted than others. Refugees and internally displaced persons are particularly at risk of being adversely affected by the pandemic. This is especially true for the majority of the world’s 25.9 million refugees and 41.3 million internally displaced persons that reside in developing countries that are just beginning to be affected by the pandemic.
Migrants forced to stay in camps along European and U.S. borders as well as those in countries that host a large number of displaced persons, such as Jordan, Lebanon, Syria or Bangladesh face particularly dire circumstances associated with the virus. Thus, as measures are taken to ensure the health and safety of people throughout the world, it is important to also consider the implications of such actions on the livelihood and wellbeing of migrant populations.
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- The impact of travel restrictions on refugees and internally displaced persons:
- Disruptions to protection and assistance for refuges and internally displaced persons:
- Migrant camp locations and conditions in relation to COVID-19
- The long-term implications of COVID-19 on refugees and internally displaced persons:
- The potential for a rise in anti-refugee sentiment which could consequently lead to an increase in xenophobia and stigmatization