The Twenty-fifth Italian Report on Migrations 2019
10 March 2020
The results of the “Research Social Platform on Migration and Asylum” project (ReSOMA), are available on CORDIS
20 April 2020

Coronavirus and migrations. News, press review and websites

COVID-19  2019-nCoV concept. Human hands holding various smart devices with coronavirus alerts on their screens. flat vector illustration

COVID-19  2019-nCoV concept. Human hands holding various smart devices with coronavirus alerts on their screens. flat vector illustration

The Covid-19 crisis has rapidly transformed our daily life and our country’s priorities. For this reason, ISMU has developed a new section of its website devoted to ongoing research, latest news and debates about the impact of the Coronavirus crisis on migration and integration-related issues.


Initiatives and Research Activities about the COVID-19 response at European level


  • The WHO (World Health Organisation) has published ApartTogether survey. Preliminary overview of refugees and migrants self-reported inpact of COVID- 19
  • EASO (the European Asylum Support Office) has published a Report on the COVID-19 emergency measures implemented by Member States in their respective asylum and reception systems.
  • The WHO (World Health Organisation) has launched ApartTogether, a global study to assess the public health social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on refugees and migrants. Any migrant can take the survey, which has been translated into 37 languages.
  • Conversations with IRiS is  a new Zoomcast series on migration, mobility and immobility in contemporary society by the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS – University of Birmingham). In these Conversations IRiS researchers  dialogue with fellow researchers, teachers, writers, migrants, refugees, activists, community organisers, artists and policy makers on issues related to migration and the new world emerging from the current pandemic. In this series, speakers share and discuss interesting ideas, insights and experiences on migration, diversity and the present from different standpoints and perspectives.
  • Migration Data PortalThis page discusses data on migrants that can inform how they are potentially both affected by the impact of and part of the response to COVID-19. As information related to the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving, figures and other data will be updated on a regular basis.
  • ISMU is glad to announce that it started contributing to a collaborative project that maps the impact of the pandemic on the right to access asylum, providing updates on the Italian situation. The project was initiated and is managed by TechFugees, an organization developing technological solutions to support asylum seekers and refugees; the mapping aims at collecting information about the number of reportetd Covid19 cases among the population of asylum seekers and refugees across the world, the policy changes introduced following the restriction measures, as well as sivil society organisations’ initiatives. The map is constantly updated and it also includes a reading list with useful resources
  • The “Key workers” database  – initiated by the Overseas Development Institute – collects examples of reforms, new initiatives and campaigns to recognise and better support migrant essential workers in the COVID-19 response
  • Weave Tales, an organization promoting refugees’ storytelling, is holding a series of web talks on the impact of COVID-19 providing refigees and mgirants with the possibility to share their stories and concerns
  • The European Network Against Racism is mapping the racialised impact of COVID-19 on migrant communities and minorities throughout Europe
  • Eurostat has published a web page COVID-19: Statistics serving Europe where they can be found wide range of statistics and data on a range of topics related to the economy, society and work, population and health as well as agriculture, energy, transport and tourism
  • COMPAS – Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, the research center of Oxford University, devoted a page of its website to the impact of Covod19 on mgirantion and integration-related issues
  • UNHCR and ARCI created the multilingual (13 languages), interactive map JUMA MAP, enabling refugees and asylum seekers to find the services they need. It includes information and infographics on Covid19, phone numbers for assistance in each Italian region, as well as podcasts
  • The European Website on Integration is mapping the impact of Covid19 on migrant communities across Euroepan Member States, as well as the initiatives aimed at reaching out to them
  • IOM through the “COVID-19 Analytical snapshots”  is monitoring developments concerning travel restrictions, city initiatives, the role of technology and much more to understand the migration & mobility implications of COVID-19
  • TheGlobal Refugee Sponsorship Initiative created a Resource Portal showcasing best practices and resources to secure assistance and protection to refugees during the pandemic
  • The New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and Cornell Law School’s Migration and Human Rights Program are jointly releasing a 14-point series of principles to protect migrants, refugees and other displaced populations during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Nearly 800 international experts have endorsed the document
  • The Council of Europe is covering the management of the COVID-19 emergency on a world-wide scale. It addresses a variety of topics and practices in different countries, including Italy
  • The Migration Policy Group has provided a syntethic comparison of the policies for the inclusion of mgirants in health systems:

Here you can also find Comments of our experts, news and an updated press review on the impact of Coronavirus on migration-related issues in Italy.