The asylum system and the COVID-19 pandemic in the city of Lisbon: Existing disparities, structural problems and new insights


Existing vulnerabilities have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The present case study from the city of Lisbon explores the existing disparities and structural problems within the asylum system based on analysis of multimedia data. The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic emphasizes findings suggesting the importance of different forms of solidarity and activism both newly found and existing, such as the meaningful and substantive participation of refugees and civil society, engaged in the front line to deal with the crisis. This study provides insights for transformative change of asylum policies, stressing a more holistic and systematic perspective and fostering the involvement of refugees and asylum seekers in government planning and policy processes to build back better policies.


DOI Code: 10.1285/i24212113v7i1p127

Keywords: COVID-19; refugees; asylum-seekers; civil society; pre-existing disparities


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