During the COVID-19 pandemic, migrants have often been denied rights and placed in situations which put them at heightened risk of disease. This webinar looks at migrant communities' explicit and implicit vulnerabilities in relation to COVID-19 and will also consider the ethics of implementing selective and restrictive public health measures for such communities.
Chair: Professor Lisa Eckenwiler, Department of Philosophy, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Dr Thalia Arawi, Associate Professor of Bioethics, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Dr Jane Lim, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Professor Vanessa Grotti, (she/they), Associate Professor of Anthropology, Università di Bologna
The following questions will form the basis of the seminar’s panel discussion. Seminar
attendees are invited to submit questions in advance of the seminar when they register or
during the live discussion.
1. How can we safeguard the rights of migrant communities during public health
2. What measures may be justifiable to maintain both population health and individual
health and human rights, in settings of extreme vulnerability, such as refugee
3. Can public health emergencies justify the selective use of public health restrictions
which disproportionately affect vulnerable communities such as migrants and