The impact of Covid-19 on migrants and refugees

31 May 2021

The pandemic and the range of measures introduced by states to limit the spread of the virus have had far-reaching impacts on migrants and refugees, due to the often precarious legal status and socio-economic vulnerabilities faced by those populations.

Within the CEPS Ideas Lab, this Lab session aims to discuss the main challenges faced by migrants and refugees in light of the evolving policy and legal responses to Covid-19. It considers the fundamental rights impact of restrictive policies, including border closures, travel restrictions and the suspension of asylum procedures. It also aims to identify promising practices developed by states, international organisations and NGOs to ensure that the fundamental rights of migrants and refugees are protected, including in the context of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

This session is organised as part of ASILE, a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Registration is mandatory and closes on Monday 24 May. When registering you can choose the Sessions you would like to attend. Registered participants will receive joining instructions the day before the event starts.


Roberto Cortinovis

Researcher, JHA Unit, CEPS


Michele Levoy

Director, PICUM 

Malthe Mulvad

Head of External Relations Secretariat at Danish Refugee Council

Franck Laczko

IOM, Director, IOM, Global Migration Data Analysis Centre

Representative from UNHCR (tbc)

Event details

Date: 31.05.2021, Monday

Time: 15h30 – 17h00 (Brussels time)