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CMMP-19 - Citizenship, Migration and Mobility in a Pandemic: A Global Study of COVID-19 Restrictions on Human Movement

Public health measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 affect human mobility. Some states apply these measures only to those with citizenship, while others include foreign residents and settled migrants. We examine how these choices challenge understandings of citizenship, migration and mobility.

Governments worldwide have taken an unprecedented array of measures affecting human mobility to curb the spread of COVID-19. Examples include evacuations, lockdowns and travel restrictions. Some states have applied these public health measures only to those with citizenship status, while others have included long-term foreign residents and settled migrants. We examine these choices and how they challenge our understanding of citizenship, migration and mobility. Specifically, we ask: (1) who is guaranteed the right to cross the country’s borders?; (2) who qualifies for evacuation and consular assistance?; and (3) who is entitled to public healthcare and social protection? Our empirical analysis draws on an original longitudinal dataset of restrictions on human movement with global coverage (CMMP dataset).

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