Challenges Refugees are facing during the Coronavirus Pandemic


Refugees, as creations of the nation-state international architecture and as one of the most vulnerable groups of people within it, are among the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • refugees may face a greater risk of human rights violations and persecution with heightened discrimination and ‘emergency’ pandemic measures enabling crackdowns on democracy. At the same time, being outside one’s country is essential to obtaining protection as a refugee.
  • Refugees themselves may suffer from physical and mental health issues (including in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19), and face specific vulnerabilities

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