About this Research Topic
Over the past five years, as forced displacement from conflicts in Syria and elsewhere has dramatically driven up the numbers of humans on the move, destination states have instituted stricter and often harsh border control policies. Enter the COVID-19 pandemic, which has given rise to real public health concerns about the movement of people even domestically, and is easily used as a justification to renege on international legal obligations towards migrants. Often located in positions of precarity, migrants test the strength of destination states’ humanitarian commitments and the binding nature of international migration law. The papers in this collection will examine and assess destination states’ responses to COVID-19 from the perspective of migration law and policy, and consider how they build upon prior exclusionary regimes, offering suggestions for reform of domestic laws in the wake of the pandemic.
The Research Topic will cover domestic, regional, and international legal and policy responses relating to migration and COVID-19. To some extent this will be a mapping exercise, bringing together a group of authors from Australia, Europe, Israel, and North and South America to hammer out the details of the range of destination state responses, identifying patterns and distinctions. This careful examination of the wave of law and policy responses will be a useful academic exercise in and of itself. We welcome critical analyses that place these responses in the context of the recent growth of exclusionary migration regimes and anti-migrant politics, as well as proposals to mitigate the harms that may result from these policies both immediately and once the pandemic is behind us.
The editors particularly encourage submissions of Perspective articles up to 3000 words in length, but also welcome other article types including Original Research.
***Due to the exceptional nature of the COVID-19 situation, Frontiers is waiving all article publishing charges for COVID-19 related research.***
Keywords: immigration, asylum/refugee, international law/EU law, Coronavirus/COVID-19, pandemic
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