Migration and Corona

The Corona Virus Covid-19 challenged the social, economic, cultural and political world we are living in. Our everyday life-world was shocked by friends and relatives affected or threatened by disease, by lockdowns and minimizing direct social encounters, by unemployment, short time working and breakdown of companies. Individual and democratic rights are suspended, training and education turned to virtual methods.

  • How did COVID-19 affect migrants and especially vulnerable groups like seasonal workers and refugees?
  • How could we characterize (re)actions of politicians and civil society at local, national and international level (e.g. raising nationalism and egoism versus new solidarity and altruism)?
  • How developed the European migration regime under conditions of COVID-19?

These and other questions were addressed in a Lecture Series that was organized at the Ruhr-University Bochum in cooperation with all UNIC partners. In a social science perspective each week a specialist explained specific aspects of “Corona and migration”, ranging from epidemiological over legal, political science to sociological approaches. Below the Lectures are presented as videos on youtube and as podcasts.


Name and University

Title of the Online-Lecture

Aitor Ibarrola/University of Deusto Bilbao – Spain
Sylvain Sebert/University of Oulo – Finland
Jorge Duran/University of Guadalajara – Mexico
Ahmet Icduygu/Koς University Istanbul – Turkey
Marco Martiniello and Alessandro Mazzola/University of Liége – Belgium
Kemal Kiriéi und Murat Erdogan/Türkisch-Deutsche Universität Istanbul – Türkei
Robert Smith/City University of New York – USA
COVID-19 and vulnerable immigrant groups in New York City
Peter Scholten/Erasmus University Rotterdam – Netherlands
What the COVID19 crisis means for the governance of integration