Karen Jacobsen weighs approches to handling migrant populations during coronavirus pandemic

April 2020

On April 9, 2020 the Fletcher School highlighted Karen Jacobsen’s Forced Migration course in which she and her students examined different approaches to handling refugee and migrant worker populations during the coronavirus pandemic. In an opinion article, Karen discusses the public health argument in which all movement of people should be stopped to prevent further spread of the virus. She then explains the humanitarian argument that  refugees should be allowed to seek asylum in order to protect their safety and rights. To read Karen’s breakdown of these two arguments, click here.

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