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The following articles and papers by RSC researchers and others may prove helpful in understanding the impact of COVID-19 on forced migrants.

Providing supplies at Hope of Children and Women Victims of Violence (HOCW) in Uganda, with social distancing © HOCW
Social distancing at Hope of Children and Women Victims of Violence (HOCW), a refugee-led, grassroots initiative near Kampala, Uganda
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The coming refugee crisis: how COVID-19 exacerbates forced displacement

Alexander Betts (RSC), OUPblog, 22 April 2021

Why helping ‘economic migrants’ may help stop others becoming ‘refugees’ | Georgia Cole

How COVID-19 became a cover to reduce refugee rights

Heaven Crawley (Coventry University), The Conversation, 10 March 2021

Protection and pragmatism: the EU-Turkey refugee deal in historical perspective

Is COVID-19 an opportunity to achieve the rights of refugees?

James Milner (Carleton University), OpenDemocracy, 9 February 2021

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Another set of heroes: refugee women making the Global Compact on Refugees real amid COVID-19

Eileen Pittaway and Linda Bartolomei (Kaldor Centre, UNSW), Kaldor Centre COVID-19 Watch, July 2020

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Covid-19 and refugees in India: A tale of exclusion and counter-exclusion

Vatsal Raj (National Law University, Lucknow) Border Criminologies Blog, July 2020 

Annals of Global Health

COVID-19 in the Americas: Who’s looking after refugees and migrants?

Maximo O BritoAnnals of Global Health, 86(1) (2020)

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Forced Migration Review 64, COVID-19 – early reflections

A 12-page mini-feature including 4 articles. June 2020

Social Sciences and Humanities Open

The socio-economic and psychosocial impact of Covid-19 pandemic on urban refugees in Uganda

Paul Bukuluki et alSocial Sciences & Humanities Open, 2(1) (2020)


The Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Forcibly Displaced Persons in Developing Countries

OECD, June 2020

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Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees and Migrants, COVID-19 Global Update, no. 5

Mixed Migration Centre, June 2020

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Refugee-led responses to COVID-19: a case study from Uganda

Patrick Chandiga Justine (Community Empowerment for Creative Innovation), Rethinking Refuge, June 2020

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The Question of Palestine in the times of COVID-19: Position paper on the situation for Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestine and Syria [pdf 5.7MB]

ARDD, June 2020

Rethinking Refuge

Child repatriation in the time of COVID-19

Jacqueline Bhabha and Vasileia Digidiki (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), Rethinking Refuge, June 2020

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“Hard and unbearable”: COVID-19 induced challenges as told by refugee and host support group leaders

Refugee Law Project, May 2020 (via ReliefWeb)

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Gendered implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for policies and programmes in humanitarian settings

S. Fuhrman, A. Kalyanpur, S. Friedman et al. BMJ Global Health 2020; 5(5): e002624.

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Refugee groups fill gaps in COVID-19 response, and they need support

Robert Hakiza (YARID), Alexander Betts (RSC), Evan Easton-Calabria (RSC) and Kate Pincock (ODI), The New Humanitarian, 29 April 2020

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As COVID-19 slows human mobility, can the Global Compact for Migration meet the test for a changed era?

Lena Kainz (Migration Policy Institute), MPI Commentary, 28 April 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic suggests the lessons learned by European asylum policymakers after the 2015 migration crisis are fading

Hanne Beirens (Migration Policy Institute), MPI Commentary, April 2020

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COVID-19 prisoner releases are not a matter of mercy, but of justice

Kieran Oberman (Edinburgh University), World Economic Forum, 27 April 2020

Economic zones can play important role but are not an alternative to asylum in Europe | Alexander Betts

Australia's coronavirus relief exclusions prove we are not all in this together

Ben Doherty (MSc 2018-2019), The Guardian, 23 April 2020 

Refugee Law Initiative

Will COVID-19 finally force us to reconsider the global (im)mobility regime?

Emilie McDonnell (DPhil student, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford), Refugee Law Initiative Blog, 16 April 2020

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COVID-19 has Kenyan refugee camp on edge

Cory Rodgers (RSC), The New Humanitarian, 14 April 2020

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The Gaza Strip has been under siege for years. Covid-19 could be catastrophic

Neve Gordon, The Nation, 25 March 2020