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How does Covid-19 affect global migration?

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There are too many that are trying to guess how global migration will be affected from the pandemic of Covid-19.  In fact how our world would be tomorrow. Most of them are educated guesses or wishful thinking. We found out an interesting article that we would like to share with you.

The author of the article is Erol Yayboke, deputy director and senior fellow with the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development (USLD) and Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the article has being published in CSIS site. The article was published on March 22,  ten days after WHO declared the disease as a pandemic. Since then many things have happened but I found that the article still has some points.

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Erol Yayboke sees 5 main changes in migration:

  • The problems in the moving workforce, movement between states would not be so easy as before, producing problems to migrants but I would say, also to companies
  • As a result of the non movement of migrants he predicts that the inequality will widen since the poor countries cant expect remittances from their migrants sons and daughters. Remittances are the main foreign direct investments in the developing world.
  • Migrations restrictions will become harder and for some countries where the governments are known as hostile to any kind of migration or towards refugees, would harden their measures.
  • Migrants or asylum seekers which already are in a camp or in a country waiting their future to be decided would have more problems during the lock down time, since the help they can receive is limited , exactly because of the measures to protect the local society and them
  • With all the restriction for Covid-19 in place and the financial crisis that everybody is predicting , migrating through legal process would be tougher, more people will try to migrate with irregular ways and thus putting themselves in harms way.

This is a summary of the very interesting article of Erol Yayboke. Please read the whole article in the source site of CSIS by clicking here.