COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges in public health. It has also created enormous challenges in border management, migration and asylum policies, and service provisions. Some governments are justifying actions based on a false dilemma between protecting public health and respecting the rights of people on the move. This is despite the reality that people on the move face heightened and diverse risks during this pandemic. Governments are also implementing immigration enforcement actions that facilitate the spread of the virus. Public health considerations must take into account the critical protection needs of migrants and those fleeing persecution and violence.
This document outlines 10 minimum essential elements that a response grounded in human rights to the migration phenomenon must include in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.