Migration and COVID-19

Madhan Balasubramanian, Anna Boucher, Stephanie Short, Marc Stears, Tim Soutphommasane, Desmond King

Research output: Working paper/PreprintDiscussion paper


Border closures and other mobility restrictions were one of the first measures taken by nation states across the world in response to the spread of COVID-19. They remain today one of the few interventions that are widely credited with restricting the spread of the virus. Globally, even political parties and campaign groups that are traditionally enthusiastic about global mobility have largely accepted that it is currently expedient to restrict it. Some countries, including Australia and New Zealand, have already publicly
asserted the need to maintain the strictest of border controls for many months, possibly until a vaccine or other medical response to the virus is discovered.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherUniversity of Sydney
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCOVID-19: The Sydney Policy Lab Papers
PublisherSydney Policy Lab


  • health policy
  • COVID-19
  • migration


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