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Migration and Pandemics

Spaces of Solidarity and Spaces of Exception


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  • This open access book describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrants, citizens and policy makers

  • Looks at city, national, and regional or international level of managing migration during COVID-19

  • Provides an intersectional perspective including ethnicity, gender and race

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxii
  2. Pandemic Borders, Belonging, and Exclusion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. (In)Essential Bordering: Canada, COVID, and Mobility

      • Audrey Macklin
      Pages 23-43Open Access
    3. Sanctuary Cities and Covid-19: The Case of Canada

      • Mireille Paquet, Noémie Benoit, Idil Atak, Meghan Joy, Graham Hudson, John Shields
      Pages 85-102Open Access
  3. Pandemics and ‘Essential’ Migrants

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 103-103
    2. The Entangled Infrastructures of International Student Migration: Lessons from Covid-19

      • Parvati Raghuram, Gunjan Sondhi
      Pages 167-184Open Access
    3. Voluntary and Forced Return Migration Under a Pandemic Crisis

      • Zeynep Sahin Mencutek
      Pages 185-206Open Access
    4. Return Migration from the Gulf Region to India Amidst COVID-19

      • S Irudaya Rajan, H. Arokkiaraj
      Pages 207-225Open Access
    5. Internal Migration and the Covid-19 Pandemic in India

      • S Irudaya Rajan, R. B. Bhagat
      Pages 227-248Open Access

About this book

This open access book discusses the socio-political context of the COVID-19 crisis and questions the management of the pandemic emergency with special reference to how this affected the governance of migration and asylum. The book offers critical insights on the impact of the pandemic on migrant workers in different world regions including North America, Europe and Asia. 

The book addresses several categories of migrants including medical staff, farm labourers, construction workers, care and domestic workers and international students. It looks at border closures for non-citizens, disruption for temporary migrants as well as at special arrangements made for essential (migrant) workers such as doctors or nurses as well as farmworkers, ‘shipped’ to destination with special flights to make sure emergency wards are staffed, and harvests are picked up and the food processing chain continues to function.

The book illustrates how the pandemic forces us to rethink notions like membership, citizenship, belonging, but also solidarity, human rights, community, essential services or ‘essential’ workers alongside an intersectional perspective including ethnicity, gender and race.


  • Open access
  • COVID-19 pandemic and migration
  • Managing migration during a pandemic crisis
  • Border control at a time of pandemic
  • Essential migrant workers in the USA
  • Migrant nurses and doctors under the pandemic
  • Vulnerability and resilience in the COVID-19 crisis
  • Migrant domestic and care workers in the USA
  • Return migration from the Gulf region
  • International students during the pandemic crisis
  • International students in Australia
  • International students in the United Kingdom
  • Returning asylum seekers in the Middle East
  • Essential migrant farmworkers in Spain and Italy
  • Migrant workers in agriculture in Europe
  • Migrant workers in agriculture in Canada
  • Frontline care workers in Canada
  • Territorial and digital borders under the Pandemic crisis
  • Sanctuary cities in Canada

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

    Anna Triandafyllidou

About the editor

Anna Triandafyllidou holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada as of 1st August 2019. She was previously Robert Schuman Chair at the Global Governance Program of the European University Institute, Italy (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, 2012-2019) where she directed the Cultural Pluralism Research Area.  She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Chair of the IMISCOE Editorial Committee, and member of the IMISCOE Board of Directors. She has been Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges between 2002 and 2018. She has held research and teaching positions in Italy, Belgium, the UK, the US, and Greece before moving to Canada.

Anna’s recent books include: Routledge Handbook on the Governance of Religious Diversity (co-ed. with T. Magazzini, 2020); Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe (IMISCOE, co-ed. with S. Spencer, 2020); Migration and Globalisation Handbook (ed., 2018); Multicultural Governance in a Mobile World (ed., 2018). She is the author of Rethinking Migration and Return in Southeastern Europe (with E. Gemi, 2021), What is Europe? (with R. Gropas, 2015), Migrant Smuggling. Irregular Migration from Asia and Africa to Europe (with T. Maroukis, 2012), and Immigrants and National Identity in Europe (2001).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Migration and Pandemics

  • Book Subtitle: Spaces of Solidarity and Spaces of Exception

  • Editors: Anna Triandafyllidou

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-81209-6

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-81212-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-81210-2

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 248

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Human Migration, Migration Policy, Sociology of Migration, Political Science

Buying options

Softcover Book
USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)