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The COVID-19 pandemic is having widespread impacts on migrants, disasters displaced persons and refugees as well as significant effects on the different facets of migration both locally and globally.
Globally, climate change remains of concern to world leaders because of its debilitating effects on humans and the environment. The number of persons been evacuated and displaced continues to rise with the rising incidence of adverse weather events. Almost 2,000 disasters in 2019 triggered the new displacement of 24.9 million people. About one-third of the world’s internally displaced persons live in countries most at-risk to COVID-19. They also face specific challenges relating to the COVID-19 containment measures of physical distancing and other infection prevention measures practices due to the densely populated accommodations. The impact of climate change makes the chances of disasters striking during COVID-19 outbreak more severe on displaced persons making them more vulnerable as they are faced with three crises rolled into one: health crisis, socio-economic crisis and protection crisis.
This panel seek papers that will address the following issues: what are the possible challenges encountered in protecting the most vulnerable (displaced person) in the event of climate change and COVID-19? What possible social safety nets are in place for disasters displaced persons and environmental migrants? Are there response measures in place in shelter centres in situations where capacity is exceeded to evacuate large groups of persons in order to prevent catastrophic health risk? What measures are in place to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change, eliminate drivers of displacement and protect human rights?
The aim of the conveners is to develop a collaborative publication from the panels’ collection of papers