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COVID-19 and Vulnerable Migrants across Africa

10 March 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

header image with name of event: COVID-19 and Vulnerable Migrants across Africa; names and pictures of speakers: Tamuka Chekero (University of Cape Town), Helidah Ogude (World Bank) and moderator, Mohamed Duale (York University); date and time of event: Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 9:30AM EDT/5:30 PM EAT online via Zoom

This talk primarily draws on a social analysis conducted by the World Bank’s Social Sustainability and Inclusion team. The analysis covers the evident and expected socio-economic risks and impacts of COVID-19 for mobile populations (these include, economic migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees, migrant workers and irregular migrants) and host communities across Africa. Some key issues covered during the talk will include keeping the asylum space open, risks associated with misinformation, dwindling remittances, access to government relief packages - notably for urban refugees and undocumented migrants - and access to education.

Helidah Refiloe Ogude (left), a South African-Kenyan national, is a PhD candidate in Public and Urban Policy at The New School, New York City. Her research interests include racialised and transnational masculinities, racialised citizens, media semiotics, news discourse and immigration policymaking.

Tamuka Chekero (middle), a Zimbabwean national, is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. His current research looks at how people who have crossed and re-crossed national borders form relationships and make and maintain connections through conviviality in southern Africa. The project interrogates barriers and blockages in the mobility of people, ideas, and resources necessary to on-going world-making

Mohamed Duale (right) is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Education, York University. His doctoral research examines the lived experiences and aspirations to return home among Somali refugee youth in the Dadaab refugee camps of north-east Kenya.

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This talk is a part of the Reciprocal Learning in Times of Crisis monthly colloquium series on the intersections of refugee education, anti-Black racism, and COVID-19 in Canada and East Africa. The series is presented by York University’s Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project, Faculty of Education, and Centre for Refugee Studies.

Visit the event series website for a full listing of upcoming talks and to view videos of past talks.