Video: Perspectives on migrant immobilities during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Global South
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, migrant communities have become immobile - stranded in destination countries or unable to continue their journey in transit or in countries of origin. In the research project "Pandemic (Im)mobility: COVID-19 and Migrant Communities in the Global South", researchers from Mexico, Nepal, Qatar, Zimbabwe and Germany collaborated to outline how migrant communities in the Global South were affected by the pandemic and how they responded.
Zahra Babar, Associate Director for Research at CIRS at Georgetown University in Qatar, talks about the topics and projects is she currently working on, how the COVID-19 pandemic affected different migrant communities in Qatar and in the Gulf and how the state approach towards migrants has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Luisa Gabriela Morales Vega, professor at the Autonomous University of Mexico State, and a member of the Research in Progress Seminar on Critical Legal Studies and Migration at the National University of Mexico spoke aboout her research interests, how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the movement and conditions of migrant communities in Mexico and the recent developments in the border regime between Mexico and USA.
Joyce Takaindisa, a scholar of migration and displacement in Zimbabwe discussed her research interests, the current (pandemic) conditions of Zimbabwean migrant communities in South Africa and how the border regime between Zimbabwe and South Africa has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anita Ghimire, research director at the Nepal Institute for Social and Environmental Research, talked about her research interests, how COVID-19 pandemic has affected emigrant communities from Nepal and how the pandemic altered the decision-making processes of Nepalese migrants.