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Migration and Africa’s eternal lockdown

By Iriann Freemantle – Africa is a Country, 29 April 2020

The unprecedented distress of momentarily locked-down lives should prompt Europeans to realize how much their leadership curtails freedom of movement on a permanent basis on the African continent.

The marooned malaise: COVID-19 and Africa’s stolen futures

By Loren Landau – COMPAS, 8 April 2020

Across Africa, the arrival of COVID1-9 exposes the frailty of public welfare systems, the coercive inclinations of its militaries, and an acute assault on its residents’ imagined futures.

Why xenophobia is bad for the health of all in South Africa

By Jo Vearey – Africa is a Country, 3 April 2020

South Africa mustn’t forget the public — and that includes migrants and refugees — in its public health response to COVID-19, writes ACMS director, Associate Professor Jo Vearey.

Coronavirus amid a vulnerable populace

Citi TV, 14 April 2020

ACMS Professor Jo Vearey was interviewed by Godfred Akoto Boafo of Citi TV‘s current affairs show ‘Face to Face’, about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on migrants.

Border walls don’t stop viruses. But this might

By Jo Vearey and Sally Gandar  – Bhekisisa, 31 March 2020

Both the United States and South Africa have punted increased border security as a way to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s why South Africa should be thinking less about walls and more about amnesty as cases mount.

As the middle-class posts lockdown selfies, how are the poor coping?

By Shireen Mukadam – Daily Maverick, 29 March 2020

ACMS Masters student Shireen Mukadam speaks to the poor about the impact of the coronavirus and the national lockdown on their lives.

Foreign migrants must be included in Covid-19 response

By Jo Vearey and Sally Gandar – Daily Maverick, 20 March 2020

International solidarity, travel restrictions and the right to remain: why South Africa needs to actively engage all foreign migrants in its response to Covid-19.

Winter is coming

ACMS director, Associate Professor Jo Vearey discusses South Africa’s responses to the Covid-19 pandemic on the ‘Monday Morning Meetings on Migration’ show.

Hypocrisy in the time of Covid-19

By Jo Vearey –  Daily Maverick, 16 March 2020

ACMS director, Associate Professor Jo Vearey explains how the sanctimony of moving from blaming foreign migrants to now rendering them invisible in a critical public health moment will have implications for our response to Covid-19.

Unfiltered: Coronavirus

ACMS Associate Professor Jo Vearey was recently part of an interview panel on the SABC News Unfiltered talk show that discussed migration and Covid-19 in South Africa.

Covid-19 lockdown needs to protect inner-city communities

By Siyabonga Mahlangu and Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon, Daily Maverick, 3 April 2020

It is critical that police and army deployment for the Covid-19 lockdown does not result in the persecution of residents of unlawful occupations.