Webinar: 'Migration and mobility after the 2020 pandemic?'

Does the COVID-19 lockdown represent a temporary trough in global population movements, or the beginning of the end of the most recent age of migration? This webinar sets an agenda for research on the future of human migration and mobility after the 2020 pandemic, posing ten key questions for the panel of migration and mobility researchers to consider for the coming months and years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional immigration countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand have effectively closed their borders, banning all foreign arrivals with few exceptions. More than 90% of the world’s population has lived under coronavirus, with restrictions on foreign arrivals in 2020. The United Nations World Tourism Organization announced that these ‘represent the most severe restrictions on international travel in history’. Few countries are considering asylum claims, and refugee resettlement has all but stopped. Major remittance corridors have ground to a halt, cutting financial lifelines to some of the world’s poorest regions.

It is in these unprecedented circumstances that the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre (MMIC) brought together a panel of experts from the University of Oxford, the University of Birmingham, the Maison Française of Oxford, the University of Poitiers, and IOM/ANU to discuss the future of migration after the COVID-19 pandemic. MMIC senior member Associate Professor Alan Gamlen chaired the event. His work focuses on the geography and governance of international migration. The expert panel members included:

Alexander Betts, University of Oxford, Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and  International Affairs.

Marie McAuliffe, Head of Migration Research and Editor of the World Migration Report at the International Organization
for Migration. Senior Fellow at the Graduate Institute’s Global Migration Centre (Geneva) and the Australian National University’s School of Demography.

Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham,  Chair of International  Migration and Forced  Displacement, Director of  the Institute for Research into Superdiversity.

Carlos Vargas-Silva, University of Oxford,  Director of the Centre  on Migration, Policy and  Society (COMPAS) and  Professor in Migration  Studies at the University of  Oxford.

Thomas Lacroix, CNRS senior researcher in political geography at the Maison Française of Oxford, associate researcher at Migrinter  (University of Poitiers) and fellow of the Institut Convergences Migrations in Paris.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday 24th November 2020 from 7-8pm AEST | 8-9am GMT

A recording of the Webinar can be found here.