Coronavirus crisis ‘increases suffering of most vulnerable refugees’, new IRIS report reveals

Important and timely work on the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on refugees and forced migrants by IRiS researchers in collaboration with Refugee Women Connect.

The Age of Superdiversity

The Covid-19 pandemic is exacerbating the existing vulnerabilities of the world’s refugees and internally displaced people, according to a report by theInstitute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham and Refugee Women Connect.

Research has revealed that many undocumented migrants were anxious about seeking medical help – fearful of being reported to immigration authorities and being deported – and were therefore suffering in silence.

Sandra Pertek, researcher at IRiS and co-author of the report, said:

Vulnerabilities to abuse and exploitation, and precarity experienced by forced migrant survivors of SGBV due to their gender, care responsibilities and insecure immigration status, are amplified in the COVID-19 crisis.

Jenny Phillimore, Professor of Migration and Superdiversity and co-author of the report added:

“We need urgent action to meet the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable people, so that they can survive the coronavirus crisis and move on with…

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