Least Protected, Most Affected: Migrants and refugees facing extraordinary risks during the COVID-19 pandemic
No one, it seems, is entirely free from the risk of exposure to COVID-19. However, migrants, including people seeking asylum and refugees, face greater risks than others. Many are unable to comply with preventative measures necessary to keep healthy and stay safe and experience significant challenges in accessing appropriate care when falling ill. The circumstances of their journeys, living or working conditions and lack of effective access to essential services make them particularly vulnerable. COVID-19-related lockdown measures and border closures in some countries prevent migrants from accessing essential services, leaving many stranded or in transit without support, and hinder access to international protection and asylum processes.