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Locked down and left out?

Why access to basic services for migrants is critical to our COVID-19 response and recovery.

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This flagship report of the Global Migration Lab focuses on how COVID-19 and related policy measures have affected access to basic services for migrants and impacted on a range of migrant groups across countries of origin, transit, destination and upon return.

Working with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, migrants and partners across the world, the report shows how and why migrants have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and related policy measures.

Over 3,250 migrants - including people seeking asylum and refugees, undocumented migrants, migrants on temporary visas, returned migrants, migrants in transit countries and those stranded due to the pandemic were surveyed or interviewed, as well as over 150 key stakeholders.

Drawing on the direct experiences of migrants and data from across eight countries and additional regions, the report argues that it is in everyone’s interest to address barriers to basic services for migrants now and in future public health emergencies.

Additional case studies and research from report countries

Australia | Ethiopia | Philippines | Sweden | Sudan | UK

Sight Unseen

A vision for effective access to COVID-19 vaccines for migrants.

This addendum builds on the findings from the Locked down and left out? Why access to basic services for migrants is critical to our COVID-19 response and recovery report. It aims to take stock of the current global trends with respect to COVID-19 vaccines access for migrants. It draws on publicly available data from a range of sources, including research organizations, governments, the United Nations, media and civil society organizations, complemented by insights and case studies from a survey of 52 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (National Societies) working directly with migrants and host communities around the globe.

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