The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has led to novel experiences of isolation, mobility restriction and exclusion. Mobile populations are particularly affected when borders are closed and migrants are turned away, commuters are denied border crossings, resettlements are suspended or unlawful deportations are justified by pandemic-related risks. This network brings together twenty migration researchers to collect data, build theory, and gain new knowledge about the impact of the pandemic on the Global South.
The research network will explore the extent to which we are currently dealing with a normalisation of experiences of disconnection, isolation and structurally induced waiting. We are also interested in whether this 'new normal' will lead to an "age of immobility" and how we can sharpen this perspective conceptually.