Cooperadio hosts Janine Herbert and Julia Fleck talk with Dr Marion Panizzon about the challenges and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for migrants and refugees, how Covid has impacted the status quo of established asylum procedures, and political responses to find ways to manage.
Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that 'Everyone has the right to freedom of movement ... And the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country'. The Declaration set a common standard for all people and nations and has been widely recognized. Yet, these stipulations have been increasingly contested in times of crisis as governments worldwide have deviated from these norms in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Migrants and refugees have been exceptionally affected throughout this global health crisis. The course of the pandemic has disrupted mobility and compromised access to essential services for migrants and refugees. Moreover, they face a greater risk of contagion than other parts of society. Consequently, migrants and refugees ought to receive greater protection and care. Yet, while some countries do have adequate migration mechanisms, others do not. The question remains, how can standardized and fair migration governance be achieved in times of Covid-19? Our guest for this episode is Senior Researcher of the NCCR, Dr Marion Panizzon.
Together, we talk about the challenges and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for migrants and refugees how Covid has impacted the status quo of established asylum procedures and political responses to find ways to manage. Marion is passionate about migration and global governance mechanisms which manage such movements. She has been active in the field for several years and worked for the World Bank, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, the Institut du Development Durable and the Migration Policy Institute. She has published extensively on topics related to international economic law and migration governance in EU and UN contexts.
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Further Reading and Resources:
Hanke, Philip & Wieruszewski, Marek & Panizzon, Marion. (2018). The ‘Spirit of the Schengen Rules’, The Humanitarian Visa, and Contested Asylum Governance in Europe – The Swiss Case. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 45: 1-16. 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1441615. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1441615
Panizzon, Marion & van Riemsdijk, Micheline. (2018). Introduction to Special Issue: 'Migration Governance in an Era of Large Movements: A Multi-level Approach’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 44. 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1441600. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1369183X.2018.1441600