“Asylum in lockdown: Access to international protection and reception in times of COVID-19”, Blanca Garcés Mascareñas and Ana López-Sala (CIDOB, Barcelona)

Issue 129 of Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals analyses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international protection from a comparative perspective. Specifically, it has a dual objective: on the one hand to produce academic knowledge on a subject whose recency means it is largely unknown; and on the other to examine the contradictions and implications of asylum in lockdown. It takes particular interest in understanding how the pandemic has catalysed the drift towards tighter restrictions in the global asylum system, with access to the territory, as well as to the process and reception being limited in different parts of Latin America, the Mediterranean and Europe.

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