Presenters: Elisabeth Mangrio (Health & Society, MaU) and Michael Strange (Culture & Society, MaU), Louise Dalingwater (Sorbonne Université)

Authors: Louise Dalingwater (Sorbonne Université), Elisabeth Mangrio (Health & Society, MaU), Michael Strange (Culture & Society, MaU), and Slobodan Zdravkovic (Health & Society, MaU).


The impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable communities is recognised at various supranational levels, including the WHO within its published guidance on preparedness, promotion and control of the coronavirus disease for refugees and migrants (Organization, 2020). This article seeks to determine the extent to which there is multi-level coherence with respect to acknowledging the situation of migrants living on the margins of host societies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The analysis will focus on three European countries with significantly high levels of contagion and deaths: France, Sweden and the UK. At the time of writing, these countries are among the ten countries with the highest number of reported deaths per million (Statista, 2020). The article presents a cross-national comparison of policy approaches towards marginalised migrant during the pandemic, taking international guidance from the Inter-Agency Standing Committee of the IFRC, WHO, IOM, and UNHCR as a bench line for ’good governance’ in this area. The data consists of policy comparisons, supplemented by interviews with civil society organisations working with migrants to understand the limits of these policies.

The seminar will be held in English and via zoom.

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