Clandestine Migration

Clandestine immigration is particularly concerning in times of COVID-19 for two reasons. First because it allows any individual to enter the country without any sort of medical observation or health inspection due to the nature of this kind migratory movement. The second draws from the fact that  clandestine migrants con’t have access to medical assistance once they reach the receiving country because of its clandestine nature. Both these reasons jeopardise COVID-19 containment efforts as it becomes practically impossible to track contamination resulting from clandestine immigration. 

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Clandestine Migration during COVID-19: A threat that may jeopardise efforts to contain the pandemic in Mozambique

From the first media broadcast about COVID-19 in December 2019, in Wuhan – China, the virus has quickly spread throughout the world,  generating thousands of mortal victims in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe. As such, COVID-19 became a common problem, affecting every social segments, disregarding race, ethnicity, geographical origin and nationality

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About the author

Nelson Antunes João, M.A in International Migration and Human Rights. Lecturer at Universidade Joaquim Chissano.

The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of AIMEI.

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