Migration and Coronavirus in Southern Africa Coordination Group (MiCoSA)

Migration and Coronavirus in Southern Africa Coordination Group (MiCoSA)

As part of its response to the Covid-19 global pandemic maHp hosts weekly (Friday, 14:00 GMT +2) Migration and Coronavirus in Southern Africa Coordination Group (MiCoSA) webinars. These dialogues bring together national and SADC regional partners who are concerned with the health and well-being of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants particularly during this coronavirus outbreak. This network includes academics, policy-makers, activists, NGOs, donors, migrants, etc. To be part of this network sign up here. While these webinars are held under Chatham House Rules this page will feature some of the discussion summaries.

MiCoSA updates

WEBINAR: Migrants and Vulnerabilities during the Covid-19 Pandemic

The University of the Witwatersrand’s Humanities Graduate Centre and the RReal Covid Project will be hosting this webinar titled Migrants and Vulnerabilities during the Covid-19 Pandemic on Monday, 12 October 2020, 14:00-15:30 SAST.

Wits Pandemic Pangolin webinar: Human Rights and Fighting Discrimination during Epidemics

The Wits Pandemic Pangolin webinar series returns tomorrow, Wednesday 30 September, at 13:00 – 14:00 SAST. This week’s dialogue titled Human Rights and Fighting Discrimination during Epidemics takes up the way that Covid-19 has acted as a transmission belt of wider social anxieties around justice, equity and prejudice.

Migration and Covid-19: A review of South Africa’s policy response to the pandemic

This is the second in a series of issue briefs that explores the implications of Covid-19 and the South African response to the pandemic on migration and for migrant and mobile communities in South Africa.

Migration and Covid-19: Emerging concerns with South Africa’s response to the pandemic

This is the first in a series of issue briefs that explores the implications of Covid-19 and the South African response to the pandemic on migration and for migrant and mobile communities in South Africa. 

PODCAST: Why are migrants being excluded from SA’s response to Covid-19?

ACMS director Professor Jo Vearey chats to Radio 702’s Eusebius McKaiser. 

Services for refugees and migrants in Covid-19 lockdown

Do you need legal or psycho-social assistance during the national Covid-19 lockdown and ongoing pandemic? See this infographic and list of services for refugees and migrants during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Migration Health Evidence Portal for COVID-19

The IOM Migration Health Research Portal has established an interactive, open-source, searchable, repository of research publications on COVID-19 in relation to migrants, migration, and human mobility.

Coronavirus: APO Group to support African governments in the fight against COVID-19

APO Group, the leading pan-African communications and business consultancy, recently announced they will support the dissemination of coronavirus-related information from African governments to the press and public.

VIDEO: Coronavirus amid a vulnerable populace

Last night (14 April 2020) ACMS Professor Jo Vearey was interviewed by Godfred Akoto Boafo of Citi TV’s current affairs show ‘Face to Face’, about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on migrants.

Refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in SA know your rights during Covid-19

LHR and CoRMSA recently tweeted an information sheet about the rights that refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in South Africa have during this Covid-19 national lockdown.

BLOG: An apple a day… The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of informal food traders – a case of Mangaung

ACMS Masters student Sinoyolo Godongwana blogs about the plight of informal food traders in Mangaung, amid this unfolding global pandemic – Covid-19.

Wits COVID-19 dashboard goes continental

Wits University’s COVID-19 dashboard has grown with new data features, including snapshot views of how the pandemic is spreading in Africa, as well as statistics showing world trends, being added.

Report Xenophobia in Times of COVID-19

Have you experienced any form of discrimination in relation to COVID-19 because of where you come from, your nationality and/or ethnicity? Then report your experiences to Xenowatch.

How is the Corona pandemic affecting the lives of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in South Africa and Canada? Two Protect researchers share their insights.

This is one of two blog posts where Protect researchers reflect upon how the Corona pandemic is affecting people on the move across the world. In this post, Professor Jo Vearey from Wits University and Professor Idil Atak from Ryerson University share their insights from South Africa and Canada.

COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

The South African government has set up an online resource portal to specifically share information about the Covid-19 / coronavirus pandemic, as it relates to the country.

Scalabrini Centre COVID-19 Information Sheets

The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, a non-governmental organisation that offers development and welfare programmes to the migrant and local communities of Cape Town, has recently produced information sheets about Covid-19 and the 21-day national lockdown regulations in multiple languages (namely Swahili, Shona, French, Lingala, Portuguese and English).

OP-ED: Covid-19 lockdown needs to protect inner-city communities

ACMS/maHp associate researcher Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon, and the general secretary of the Inner-City Federation Siyabonga Mahlangu argue that it is critical the police and army deployment for the Covid-19 lockdown not result in the persecution of residents of unlawful occupations.

OP-ED: Why xenophobia is bad for the health of all in South Africa

South Africa mustn’t forget the public — and that includes migrants and refugees — in its public health response to COVID-19, writes ACMS director, Associate Professor Jo Vearey.

OP-ED: Border walls don’t stop viruses. But this might

Both the United States and South Africa have punted increased border security as a way to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s why South Africa should be thinking less about walls and more about amnesty as cases mount.

As the middle-class posts lockdown selfies, how are the poor coping?

ACMS Masters student Shireen Mukadam speaks to the poor about the impact of the coronavirus and the national lockdown on their lives.

OP-ED: Foreign migrants must be included in Covid-19 response

International solidarity, travel restrictions and the right to remain: why South Africa needs to actively engage all foreign migrants in its response to Covid-19.

PODCAST: Winter is coming

ACMS director, Associate Professor Jo Vearey discusses South Africa’s responses to the Covid-19 pandemic on the ‘Monday Morning Meetings on Migration’ show.

OP-ED: Hypocrisy in the time of Covid-19

ACMS director, Associate Professor Jo Vearey explains how the sanctimony of moving from blaming foreign migrants to now rendering them invisible in a critical public health moment will have implications for our response to Covid-19.

VIDEO: Unfiltered: Coronavirus

ACMS Associate Professor Jo Vearey was recently part of an interview panel on the SABC News Unfiltered talk show that discussed migration and Covid-19 in South Africa.

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