Call for papers 2023: Mapping and debating migration and the Covid-19 pandemic in the MENA region
This workshop aims at debating, in a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the MENA region, and in particular on the healthcare and education systems. In some of these countries, and most notably in the GCC countries, these systems have historically and recently functioned because of the presence of foreigners too. We want to map and debate the role of migrants in the healthcare as well as in the education sectors, which have seen the presence of migrants and NGOs operating in these countries. The workshop intends to propose a discussion and debate around the role of migrants in providing healthcare services and education in light of the imposed restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic. By adopting an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, the workshop intends to focus on the historical, socioeconomic, political and cultural dynamics in order to better understand the role of migrants in healthcare and education sectors, and their interaction with the nationals.
The workshop revolves around three major themes:
- The impact of Covid-19 on the migration dynamics within the MENA region;
- International cooperation initiatives aimed at supporting migrants and refugees in the MENA region;
- The initiatives organised by the migrant communities in MENA region to face the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences.