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Discussion paper: Tackling the Socio-Economic Consequences of COVID-19 on Migrants and Communities: Why Integration Matters

Many  countries  have  recognized  migrants’  vulnerable situation as well as the benefits of migration, in  line  with  the  vision  of  the  Global  Compact  for Migration (GCM) and the 2030 Agenda. In this context, stakeholders at local, national  and  international  levels  have  introduced policies and/or programmes to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic’s  socio-economic  effects  on  migrants.  As countries look towards opening up, this paper provides an overview of these responses and also presents some previous initiatives that, if more widely adopted,  could  facilitate  migrants’  and  communities’  (re)integration  and  preparedness  to  prevent similar detrimental consequences in future crises.

This UN Network on Migration Discussion Paper is the result of an active collaboration between the In
ternational Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the other
members  of  the  Network’s  Executive  Committee, in partnership with the United Nations University-Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT).