United Nations' COVID-19 Resources

related to migration and forced migration

During 2020 the world was engulfed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The United Nations, as well as its specialised agencies and programmes, took the opportunity to remind States of the rights and obligations they have towards migrants and victims of forced migration. 


The Network for Migration Matters, with the help of Chiara Maria Natta, has found most of the UN resources concerning COVID-19 and migration. These sources contain both recommendations and good practices that were used during the pandemic.

We believe that numerous lessons can be drawn from COVID-19. Various new temporary practices, that were developed during the pandemic and that go more in line with human rights standards, can be implemented on a regular basis. The pandemic also provided the opportunity to reassess standardised procedures, priorities, and protection needs of migrants and those in need of international protection.


We hope these sources inspire individuals and organisations to adapt their operations to be more efficient, effective and more human rights friendly.


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General UN COVID-19 Resources

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Responses to COVID-19

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United Nations 

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and the UN Committee on Migrant Workers

Joint Guidance Note on the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Human Rights of Migrants


UN COVID-19 Resources regarding

Immigration Detention

Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment 

Advice of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture to States Parties and National Preventive Mechanisms relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic


UN COVID-19 Resources Regarding



UN COVID-19 Resources Regarding Women


UN COVID-19 Resources regarding

Trafficking of Human Beings

Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children

COVID-19 Position paper The impact and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on trafficked and exploited persons