Coronavirus, Global Governance, Migration, Public Health Watch Now: Locked Down: Global Mobility and COVID-19 with UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi

March 26, 2021
By Perry World House

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, this past year has seen some of the most extreme restrictions on human movement in modern history, with flights grounded, borders closed, and immigration processes frozen. How have these limitations affected some of the world’s most vulnerable people, including refugees and asylum seekers? How can the international community support and protect these groups as the pandemic continues, and prepare to respond better during future crises?

As part of our 2021 Global Shifts Colloquium, we welcomed UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted forcibly displaced persons across the globe, what the international community can do to mitigate these effects, and the lessons learned from the pandemic to ensure world leaders are better prepared for the next global crisis. This conversation was moderated by NPR News' International Correspondent Deborah Amos, with an introduction by Penn President Dr. Amy Gutmann.

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