Four implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for the EU’s migration policy

Border closures and regional lockdowns related to Covid-19 have had a direct impact on the functioning of the EU’s asylum and migration policy. This Policy Brief shows that the virus impaired access to asylum in the EU, hampered the EU’s ability to steer a common response to the crisis, and underlined the importance of migrants as “essential workers”. The Brief concludes by identifying lessons learned that can inform the process of making the EU’s asylum and migration policy Covid-19-proofed.

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