In order to curtail the spread of the Covid -19 virus, many EU countries had imposed movement restrictions or complete lock-down measures upon its citizens while the economical impact of the pandamic were unfolding. But what did and does this mean for the refugee populations located in these spaces?
On this page the SiforREF project partners devote information, stories and beste practices about how the refugee populations and various organisations in their cities found and are finding solutions to deal with the pandemic.
With decreasing infection rates and increasing vaccination rates in June 2021, we took the moment to provide insights on how social innovation helped refugees, social workers and administrations to scope with the negativ impacts of Covid-19.
To do so, we gave the spotlights to all our Siforref Interreg partners in Ljubljana, Vienna, Parma, Bologna and Berlin. Follow us on our Facebook page to read the story.
ZRC SAZU conducted two focus groups on the situation of migrant women in Slovenia during Covid-19. One with 6 migrant women (5 with refugee status and one was accompanying husband who acquired a work visa) and one with four NGOs which are offering various sorts of support to migrant women in different slovenian cities.
During the period of a national health emergency due to Covid19, the operators of the transversal training and work services addressed the beneficiaries of the SIPROIMI project (Protection system for refugees and for unaccompanied foreign minors) in Bologna Metropolitan Area and continued to operate.
Despite the COVID-19 quarantine and restriction measures, Kulturno društvo Gmajna is trying to keep in touch with refugees and asylum seekers. We do give some visits, buy internet cards, so refugees stay connected to the internet, voluntarily we do translations for refugees who need help in their procedures, we do keep in contact with refugees in the detention center. All these we do in the framework of rules that were posed by measures of safety during the epidemic.
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Two of our project partners: University of Venice Ca'Foscari and Centro Immigrazione Asilo e Cooperazione internazionale will participate on 13 May -15:00-17:00 in an online webinar about the needs of migrants in Italy during the Covid-19 pandemic. The webinar is titled "The Needs of Migrants and the Missing Answers During the Time of Covid-19".
Do you have relevant information on how Covid-19 is affecting the situation of refugees in your city or region?