COVID-19 and migrants in Europe
This page gathers statements and resources about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on migrant communities and on civil society working with migrants.
Additional PICUM resources:
PICUM members’ statements:
Aditus (Malta): The ill-treatment aboard the Captain Morgan ships must be stopped at once!
Aditus (Malta): The nation cannot quietly celebrate Easter whilst men, women and children are drowning on our doorstep.
ADC Memorial – Anti Discrimination Centre Memorial (Belgium): Human rights defenders demand the release of immigration detainees during the pandemic
ASGI (Italy): L’impatto sui diritti delle/dei cittadine/i straniere/i e le misure di tutela necessarie: una prima ricognizione
ASGI (Italy): COVID-19: le Regioni tutelino chi vive negli insediamenti informali
ASTI (Luxemburg), Le COVID-19 exige une solidarité sans conditions
FLEX Focus on Labour Exploitation (UK): New Briefing: No Worker Left Behind – how might the COVID-19 pandemic impact worker exploitation? Funcación
(Spain) CEPAIM; Almeria Acoge,Médicos del Mundo y Cruz Roja , Protocolo conjunto para la intervención inmediata en los asentamientos de la provincia de Almería para la prevención y control del coronavirus Funcación
(Spain), CEPAIM Por una regularización de personas migrantes indocumentadas, ante la pandemia del Covid 19 Funcación
CEPAIM, Almeria Acoge, Sevilla Acoge (Spain), El Escudo Social para las Personas Sin Hogar ante el Coronavirus debe proteger también a las personas que residen en asentamientos chabolistas junto a explotaciones agrarias
CORAM (UK), Children’s legal centre, Coronavirus impact on EHC plans and children with special educational needs
FGTB (Belgium), Protéger les travailleuses et travailleurs durant la crise du coronavirus
FIZ (Switzerland), Les victimes de la traite des êtres humains ont besoin de protection -aussi en temps de crise!
Generation 2.0 (Greece), Monitoring of working and living conditions of the migrant agricultural workers at Manolada in Ilia, Greece.
GISTI (France), Face à la crise sanitaire, l’enfermement administratif des personnes étrangères doit immédiatement cesser
Greek Forum of Refugees, AITIMA, 119 ORG (Greece), Protect the most vulnerable to ensure protection for everyone!
Human Rights 360° (Greece), Protect the Most Vulnerable to Ensure Protection…
ICRSE, Sex workers in Europe set up emergency fundraisers to provide food and shelter for community impacted by COVID-19
Jesuit Refugee Service Europe, Covid-19 and asylum: the right response is the same as ever – ensure protection, stop detention, invest in inclusion. The
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (UK), Protecting migrants from Covid-19
KISA (Cyprus), Protection of public health is not feasible amidst exclusion and discrimination!
KISA (Cyprus), The government undermines legality and the rule of law under the pretext of coronavirus
La Strada (The Netherlands), The impact of COVID-19 on the protection of rights of trafficked and exploited persons
LAWRS, Step Up Migrant Women campaign (UK), COVID-19: Domestic Abuse Services Call for Urgent Support for Migrant Victims Blocked from Safety, Healthcare and Refuges.
LEGIS (Macedonia), COVID-19: No one is safe until All are protected!
Maternity Action, End unfair treatment of pregnant women and new mothers in Covid support schemes
MRCI Migrants Rights Centre Ireland, Migrants Rights Centre Ireland calls for health and safety measures in the agri-food industry to be upheld
MRN Migrants Rights Network (UK), Access to Healthcare, Housing & Food for All- ‘Status Now’! MRN Migrants Rights Nextwork (UK),
Open letter to the chief executives of all local authorities in England
NASC (Ireland), Nasc calls on Minister for Justice and Equality to ‘Move the Vulnerable Out’ ORBIT (Belgium),
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Pax Christi International: Life in a time of a global pandemic crisis
Por ti mujer (Spain), ¡¡No nos pueden dejar atrás!!
Samen Levingsopbouw Brussel (Belgium): Voedselhulp cruciaal om coronacrisis in Brussel hoofd te bieden
Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (Spain): No retomar el internamiento en los CIE cuando acabe la pandemia
Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (Spain): Ante la situación de excepcionalidad, Interior debe liberar a las personas de los CIE
Solidarité sans frontières (Switzerland): Appel aux autorités fédérales, cantonales et à toutes les collectivités publiques
UNDOK (Austria): Arbeiten ohne Papiere in der Corona-Krise Statements co-signed by PICUM:
Other statements or resources concerning migrants:
Amnesty International (Europe and Central Asia): The COVID-19 pandemic can teach us compassion for migrants and refugees
Caritas Europa: COVID-19 An opportunity to improve our welfare systems
Center for Reproductive Rights: European governments must ensure safe and timely access to abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic
CESI: Covid 19:Workers in precarious employment to be hit particularly hard The
Committee on the Rights of the Child: Grave physical, emotional and psychological effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and calls on States to protect the rights of children
Council of Europe: States should ensure rescue at sea and allow safe disembarkation during the COVID-19 crisis
Council of Europe: Commissioner calls for release of immigration detainees while Covid-19 crisis continues
EATG European AIDS Treatment Group: COVID-19 crisis’ Impact on PLHIV and on Communities Most Affected by HIV
ECRE European Council on Refugees and Exiles: COVID-19 Measures Related to Asylum and Migration Across Europe
ECRE European Council on Refugees and Exiles: Open letter signed by 121 Organizations
EFFAT – EFFE – EFSI – UNI – Europa Joint Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic in Personal and Household Services (PHS)
Eurochild: Protecting children now and in the future – Eurochild public statement on COVID-19 and in the future
Eurodiaconia: Protectingthe vulnerable –supporting our peoplePolicy recommendations to address the social and economic impact of COVID 19
EFFAT European Federation of Food Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions : COVID-19Outbreak,workers in agriculture and food production deserve better protection
ENAR European Network Against Racism: COVIDIMPACT: Lifting Structural Barriers: A Priority in the Fight Against Racism
ENAR European Network Against Racism: Leaving no one behind in the coronavirus crisis: ENAR calls for system change now to achieve real equality
EUPHA European Public Health Alliance: Reducing the impact of the coronavirus crisis on those ‘left behind’ –Disadvantaged Migrants and Ethnic Minorities (MEM)
ETUC European Trade Union Confedaration: Overlooked: migrant workers in the COVID-19 crisis
EU Filipino network Migrante Europe: April 28 Coalition for Migrants’ and Refugees’ Rights and Welfare
EWSI European Web Site on Integration: COVID-19’s impact on migrant communities Health Action International (
HAI) and the European Alliance for Responsible R&D and Affordable Medicines coordinated a statement signed by 61 organisations.
IDC International Detention Coalition: IDC Position on Covid-19
Inter-Agency Standing Committee: Interim Guidance on Scaling-up COVID-19 Outbreak in Readiness and Response Operations in Camps and Camp-like Settings
International Domestic Workers Federation: Statement on Protecting Domestic Workers Rights and Fighting the Coronavirus Pandemic
IOM, UN Migration: IOM Responds to COVID-19
The Lancet: Refugee and migrant health in the COVID-19 response
The Lancet: Leaving no one behind in the COVID-19 Pandemic: a call for urgent global action to include migrants and refugees in the COVID-19 response. The New School –
Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility: Human mobility and human rights in the COVID-19 pandemic: Principles of protection for migrants, refugees, and other displaced persons
Migrant Forum in Asia: Uphold Migrant’s Rights in Times of Crisis Situations
OHCHR United Nations Office of the High Commissioner Humanr Rights: COVID-19 Guidance
Terra Onlus (Italy): Agire subito per tutelare la salute dei migranti costretti negli insediamentirurali informali e nei ghetti
Terre des Hommes: Accelerate release of children from detention; Protect children from COVID-19
UN AIDS: Sex workers must not be left behind in the response to COVID-19
UNHCR: As COVID-19 pandemic continues, forcibly displaced children need more support than ever
UN Human Rights: UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies call for human rights approach in fighting COVID-19
UN Migration Network: COVID-19 Does Not Discriminate; Nor Should Our Response
VICE: How Europe’s Pandemic Response Pushed Poor Migrant Workers Further Through the Cracks
WHO, OHCHR, IOM, UNHCR joint press release: the rights and health of refugees, migrants and stateless must be protected in COVID-19 response