Border closures, regional lock-downs, and layoffs of migrant workers due to the pandemic have impacted the movement of people – and fundamentally changed the nature of global migration. What are the repercussions of the inability of migrant workers to travel to agricultural fields or other places of work? Will public opinion toward migrants change for the better given that labor migrants often serve as essential workers? Or will xenophobia and resentment increase in light of the economic crisis? How are governments in Europe and the United States addressing migration during a simultaneous public health and economic crisis?
Theresa Brown, Director of Immigration and Cross-Border Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center
Cristobal Ramón, Senior Policy Analyst, Bipartisan Policy Center
Dr. J. Olaf Kleist, Senior Researcher, German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM)