In a country of 1.3 billion, space isn’t just scarce – it’s taboo.
In India, many live in less space than is recommended for prison cells. And to most of us, having our own room is unimaginable – if not taboo. Social distancing as a measure to battle the coronavirus pandemic isn’t just a challenge. It’s completely unnatural to a country where community is everything. An essay by Tanmoy Goswami
The Migrant-Citizen Nexus in View of the Coronavirus Pandemic
How can the migrant-citizen nexus help us make sense of Europe’s nationalist reaction to COVID-19 and its consequences? Using the lens of the migrant-citizen nexus, I present some alternatives to these nationalism-based policies and measures. I focus on the Swiss case as a specific example of a more general pattern in Europe as a whole (and beyond).
London Migration Film Festival
London Migration Film Festival is coming to you at this time with a platform hosting a retrospective of some of our favourite films presented in our programme over the past four years. This platform will be accessible online for free. For those who can, we ask that you donate your spare £ € $ to charities and voluntary organisations supporting migrants and refugees through this difficult time.
Los Angeles Diary
"Weeks into the current situation, waves of weirdness continue to erode the familiar rythm of my world." An interactive artwork by Geoff McFetridge
NYT essay by Jessica Lustig
When the husband of New York Times Magazine deputy editor Jessica Lustig is infected with the virus, her life changes in a matter of hours. In this essay, she describes the impact her husband’s diagnosis has had on the family life she, her 18 year-old daughter and her husband knew.
Portugal’s response towards migrants in stark contrast with other countries
Portugal sets an example of how important it is that countries extend their critical services to all residents - regardless of where they were born. Now, more than ever, the health of each nation depends on everyone who is living in it - not just those with a government-issued ID card.
Switzerland: Corona fördert Nationalismus
In der Corona-Krise werden die Grenzen der Nationalstaaten wieder so sichtbar, wie schon sehr lange nicht mehr. Die Staaten machen die Schotten dicht und versuchen, ihre jeweils eigenen Wege aus der Krise zu finden. Internationale Solidarität steht inzwischen nicht einmal mehr im Kleingedruckten.
Dieser nationalistische, kulturalistische Diskurs im Rahmen der Bekämpfung des Corona-Virus zeige sich bereits sehr deutlich bei der Definition des Virus und der Beschreibung der Ausbreitung, wie Janine Dahinden, Professorin für transnationale Studien an der Universität Neuenburg feststellt.
Laut Janine Dahinden gäbe es indes weitaus effektivere Strategien als die nationalistischen Massnahmen, um die Corona-Krise zu bewältigen. So könnten sich die Staaten an der Universalität der Menschenrechte, insbesondere dem universellen Recht auf Zugang zu Gesundheit orientieren. Dann läge der Fokus bei den Grenzkontrollen zum Beispiel nicht mehr auf der Nationalität, sondern mit der schnellen Lokalisierung und Versorgung von Kranken unabhängig von ihrer Herkunft tatsächlich auf der Eindämmung des Virus . Zudem könnte der Fokus auf die regionale Zusammenarbeit über die Staatsgrenzen hinaus gelegt werden, in denjenigen Regionen, wo sich das Virus besonders schnell ausbreite. Solche Massnahen würden sicher nicht alle Probleme lösen, sagt Janine Dahinden, aber sie würden sicher weniger als die aktuellen Massnahmen dazu beitragen, die sozialen Ungleichheiten weiter zu verschärfen.
Milano builds 35 km of new cycle paths beginning in May
L’utilizzo della bicicletta a Milano dovrà essere incentivato e fare un salto di qualità, continua Granelli: “Per questo stiamo mettendo in campo un’azione straordinaria di realizzazione di percorsi ciclabili e di Zone 30. Stiamo predisponendo atti e progetti per mettere in strada circa 35 km di nuovi percorsi ciclabili, da aggiungere ai poco più di 200 già esistenti, in un tempo compatibile con l’emergenza”.
Ghen Cô Vy - Vietnamese
Ghen Co Vy is a compound of the original song’s title ‘Ghen’ (Jealousy) and the Vietnamese pronunciation of ‘CoV,’ which is short for coronavirus. The huge popularity of the music video, which had been initially produced as a public service announcement to propagate best practices against COVID-19, has certainly been a factor in Vietnam beating COVID-19, as the national tally still stands at 280 as of April 25 2020.
Ghen Cô Vy - English
comment on YouTube: Riku Morwing: I'm a hospital cleaner in Finland. Listening to this song on bad days. Thank you and Godspeed Vietnam!
Agency in “forced” returns? A self-reflection exercise
There is no better way to understand the turbulences of migration trajectories than to experience them yourself. I was studying the repetitive risk-taking among returnees in Nigeria when I was “returned” myself to a Covid-19 affected Holland. I am still wondering whether I indeed “had” a choice or if returning was “the only option”, considering the conditions I found myself in. These questions sound familiar for us researchers, don’t they? In distressful situations, people tend to search for safety, therefore, “returning ” can be an immediate reaction to confusion. However, this immediate need does not imply “safety” and does not turn “home” into a long-term aspiration.
Sanitizing around the world
Spanish taxi driver & hospital staff
Danny Chen: "Such a heart warming clip.
Taxi driver in Spain who has been taking patients to the hospital free of charge got a call to pick up a patient from the hospital. Instead, when he arrived he was greeted by a standing ovation from hospital staff and what I assume is an envelope of money.
Disasters bring out the best and the worst of us. Let's see more best like this."
The corona crisis from a gender perspective
COVID-19 has strongly gendered effects. This entry offers an overview of some of these effects and their possible short- and long-term consequences. This overview is far from being exhaustive, but rather serves as a starting point for a broader debate among a diverse audience and as a plea for research into the issues raised here.