Effects of Covid-19 on Migration

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to many countries closing their borders and instituting lockdowns, has left many citizens stranded across the globe. Last week, reports from the Malawian border with Mozambique, said over nine buses ferrying Malawian repatriates from South Africa, has crossed the Mozambique side of the border into Malawi, but are now stranded in no-man’s land. Authorities on the Malawi side have apparently not given the go-ahead and clarity, whether the repatriates should be let free to join their families or get tested and quarantined first. Meanwhile the International Organisation for Migration says thousands of African migrants are stuck in their countries of destination.

To help us unpack all these we are joined by

• Professor Jo Vearey is an Associate Professor with the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand,

• Clayson Monyela is from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

• Leon Isaacson is the group CEO for Global Migration