Socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on migrants in MENA region (in the Middle East and North Africa)

The eighth session of the Environment and Social Policies seminar entitled: “Socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on migrants in the Middle East and North Africa” will take place on October 19 at 4:00 pm and is organized in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

While the outbreak of COVID-19 has affected entire communities, migrants and displaced populations, who often exhibit high levels of pre-existing vulnerabilities and face significant structural barriers are also severely affected. A growing body of evidence outlines the ways that the socio-economic outcomes of mobile and displaced populations are negatively affected by the pandemic, including experiencing xenophobic attacks due to perceived links between migration and disease transmission, being unable to access health services or national social protection, being unable to send or receive remittances; being stranded in host country and experiencing increased violence as a result of lockdowns and restrictions on movement.

Against this backdrop, the International Organisation for Migration’s Regional Office in Cairo developed a tool aiming to systematically study how and to what extent COVID-19 affects the socio-economic outcomes of migrants and displaced populations throughout the region.
Building on the United Nations’ framework for the socio-economic assessment of COVID-19, the regional office examined the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on six key pillars, namely (1) Health services and systems during the crisis; (2) Access to social protection and basic services; (3) Economic response and recovery; (4) Macroeconomic response and multilateral collaboration; (5) Social cohesion and community resilience; and (6) Mobility.The presentation will focus mainly on migrants and displaced persons living in Libya and Sudan. That being said, the cases Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt may also be touched upon.

Speakers: Joris Jourdain, researcher at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Raffaele Bertini, Ph.D. in development economics, researcher at IOM.
Discussant: Pauline Brucker, Post-doctoral fellow, Migrinter/CNRS – CEDEJ


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