International Migration amid a World in Crisis

Joseph Chamie
Date of Publication: 
September, 2020
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This article comprehensively examines international migration trends and policies in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It begins by reviewing migration developments throughout the past 60 years. It then examines pandemic-related migration trends and policies. It concludes with a series of general observations and insights that should guide local, national, regional, and international policymakers, moving forward. In particular, it proposes the following:

  • National measures to combat COVID-19 should include international migrants, irrespective of their legal status, and should complement regional and international responses.

  • Localities, nations, and the international community should prioritize the safe return and reintegration of migrants.

  • States and international agencies should plan for the gradual re-emergence of large-scale migration based on traditional push and pull forces once a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available.

  • States should redouble their efforts to reconcile national border security concerns and the basic human rights of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

  • States and the international community should accelerate their efforts to address climate-related migration.

  • States of origin, transit, and destination should directly address the challenges of international migration and not minimize them.

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Chamie, J. (2020). International migration amid a world in crisis. Journal on Migration and Human Security.