Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Immigration Article of the Day: Introduction to the Symposium on COVID-19, Global Mobility and International Law by Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Tenday Achiume, & Thomas Spijkerbber
Introduction to the Symposium on COVID-19, Global Mobility and International Law by Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Tendayi Achiume, & Thomas Spijkerbber, American Journal of International Law Unbound, Vol. 114, 2020
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, international mobility all but ground to a halt by the second quarter of 2020. Airline traffic dropped more than 70 percent, and thousands of grounded airplanes filled up the runways. All over the world, travel restrictions and quarantine measures are still in place at the time of this writing, and cross-border mobility remains largely shut down for all but the most essential forms of travel. Although some countries partially relaxed travel restrictions over the summer, there can be no question that the pandemic has fundamentally reconfigured global mobility and migration, even if only temporarily. Amidst these shifts, this symposium documents and reflects critically on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for mobility and migration across international borders, on pertinent governance structures, and on the field of global migration and mobility law more broadly. A key hypothesis motivating the symposium is that COVID-19 has both laid bare and exacerbated the discriminatory and flawed nature of current international rules related to migration and global mobility.