Restricting human movement during the COVID-19 pandemic: New research avenues in the study of mobility, migration, and citizenship

Lorenzo Piccoli*, Jelena Dzankic, Didier Ruedin, Timothy Jacob-Owens

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Every government in the world introduced restrictions to human mobility – that is, the movement of persons across and within state borders – in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Such restrictions thus constituted a global phenomenon, but they were by no means globally uniform; rather, they varied significantly between and within states, as well as over time. This research note presents different data sources for studying the drivers and outcomes of mobility restrictions, highlighting specific ways in which the data can be used. We begin by surveying seven new databases capturing various aspects of the regulation of human movement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing inspiration from research on previous pandemics, we then outline five possible research avenues prompted by these data. We suggest that explaining the causes and consequences of such restrictions, as well as the differences between them, can significantly advance research on the governance of mobility, migration, and citizenship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-520
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Migration Review
Volume57
Issue number2
Early online date15 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • mobility
  • COVID-19
  • migration
  • citizenship

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