State Responses to COVID-19: Migrants, the Pacific and South Asia

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, states responded with various measures: denial; contact tracing; social distancing; phone apps; lockdown; economic stimulus; closed borders—even those states where COVID-19 was not present have made preparations for its arrival. Building on a June 2020 report from over 70 authors that covered 43 states and 10 social issues, this symposium will focus on the management of  public health and national economies in South Asia and the Pacific. A specific focus will be on the plight of migrant workers, including undocumented migrants, across the world during the pandemic.

Introduction: A. Prof Nichole Georgeou, Director, Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative (HADRI) Western Sydney University (WSU)

Co-Chairs: Dr.Gary Stevens/Dr.Melissa Phillips (WSU)

with Prof. Sagar Sharma (Uni Kathmandu, Nepal); Prof Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir, (Uni Dhaka, Bangladesh),

Dr Sarah De Nardi (WSU), Ms Nidhi Walli (WSU), Dr Gordon Nanau (USP), Dr Charles Hawksley (UOW)

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