Discontinuities within continuities: Solidarity, (Im-)Mobility and Migration between Refugee Crisis and COVID-19 Crisis

Eveline Odermatt

Since the peak of the so-called refugee crisis in 2015, much has been written on the

topic of solidarity towards migrants. However, the perspective of migrants on the issue

of solidarity and their practices of solidarity has been addressed less. This article aims

to outline solidarity in the context of migration in more detail. Firstly, I will outline

how solidarity played out towards migrants during the refugee crisis, and I will sketch

how migrants engage in cross-border solidarity, having left their sending countries

and families behind. Secondly, I will illustrate continuities and discontinuities between

the refugee crisis and the COVID-19 crisis with regards to migration policies

implemented during these crises. Hereinafter, I will highlight the impacts of these migration

measures on the migrants’ capacity to manifest solidarity as well as on forms

of solidarity towards migrants. The main argument is that bridging these two crises -

the refugee crisis and the COVID-19 crisis - can deepen our understanding of the interplay

between migration policies put in place and forms of solidarity among migrants

or towards migrants. Hence, the article aims to contribute to the broader discussion

on the diverse ways of how crises and crises discourses affect migration policies

and consequently the migrants.

Keywords: solidarity, migration, transnational solidarity, refugee crisis, COVID-19 crisis

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18753/2297-8224-173


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