Global Migration Centre
21 September 2020

New publication: Covid-19 and Human Rights of Migrants

Prof. Vincent Chetail, GMC Director, analyses in this IOM Policy Brief
the impact of Covid-19 upon human rights of migrants and the ways to
promote protection through innovative solutions.

COVID-19 and human rights of migrants: More protection for the benefit of all


The spread of COVID-19 has brought with it an unprecedented array of challenges for many migrants across the world. Vincent Chetail argues in this policy brief published by IOM that public health and the protection of migrants are not mutually exclusive, but instead must be integrated. His paper advances three key reasons why it is vital to reconcile the two. First, by both exacerbating and producing new vulnerabilities, the health crisis risks creating a migration crisis. Second, the human rights of migrants, as grounded in international law, provide a flexible toolbox to address their need for protection while facing the current health emergency. Third, integrating health and protection considerations is an opportunity to rethink immigration policies through innovative solutions that give due respect to human rights.

This paper is part of a series of short “think pieces” by IOM’s Migration Research and Publishing High-Level Advisers on the potential changes, impacts and implications for migration and mobility arising from COVID-19. Designed to spark thinking on policy and programmatic responses to COVID-19 as its impacts continue to emerge globally, the papers draw upon existing and new evidence and offer initial exploratory analysis and recommendations.




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COVID-19 and human rights of migrants: More protection for the benefit of all