COVID-19 and Migration Systems in Transition
- Start date: 1 July 2020
- End date: 31 August 2021
- Principal investigator: Professor Chris Forde (Leeds University Business School)
- Co-investigators: Dr Zinovijus Ciupijus (Leeds University Business School), Dr Jiachen Shi (Leeds University Business School), Dr Li Sun (School of Sociology and Social Policy), Dr Rosa Mas Giralt (Lifelong Learning Centre), Dr Donella Casperz (University of Western Australia, Perth), Dr Renata Casato (University of Western Australia, Perth), Professor Yang Li (Renmin University, China), Guo Yu (Renmin University, China).
This project is funded by the World Universities Network, under their ‘Addressing research needs as part of the COVID-19 Pandemic’, as part of the ‘Understanding Cultures’ Global Challenge.
The project will develop a network of experts across three countries, based at the Universities of Leeds, University of Western Australia and Renmin University Beijing. The project will explore how migrations systems in transition evolve as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
The project team will engage with main stakeholders that shape the migration process in the current context: employers’ representatives, think tanks, migrant advisory groups, policymakers, practitioners and migrant workers themselves.
The project will analyse secondary data and gather new data through interviews with some stakeholders in each country. The project will develop briefing papers, blogs, a final report, along with a dissemination event in August 2021.
Publications and outputs
- “The UK National Health Service's migration infrastructure in times of Brexit and COVID-19: Disjunctures, continuities and innovations” Zinovijus Ciupijus, Chris Forde, Rosa Mas Giralt, Jiachen Shi, Li Sun. International Migration, September 2022 https://doi.org/10.1111/imig.13061
- “Migration systems in transition: is changing regulation during the pandemic increasing risks for migrants?”, Research and Innovation Blog, February 2022
- “Migration systems in transition”, infographic, February 2022
- “Pandemic worsens inequality for migrant workers”, WUN September 2021