Displacement and the COVID-19 pandemic: the case of Moria refugee camp

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Description

The Eastern Mediterranean route is one of the most used routes to Europe and it runs from Turkey to Greece and further ahead. The deal between European Union and Turkey signed in 2016 lead to a decrease in the number of incoming people but prolongs the time refugees and migrants have to spend in the camps on the Greek islands. This ongoing research focuses on the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos Island. This is an interesting case considering the complexity of the crisis. Refugees and migrants have been caught up in the protracted crisis (displacement), afflicted by slow onset (the COVID-19 pandemic) and sudden onset disaster (fire) at the same time. This creates extremely a challenging environment for all actors. Refugee camps residents tend to be vulnerable to COVID-19 and other pandemics or epidemics. However, there is little data on the spread of COVID-19 or real interventions in refugee camps. At the same time, there is no existing research mapping the full lifespan of the Moria camp. This gap in existing literature together with the dismal reality of daily life in the camp stresses the research importance. This exploratory study builds on both primary and secondary data analysing conditions in Moria before the fire broke out, steps carried out after this fire, measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all actors who participated in these activities.
Period25.11.2021
Event title2021 EURO HOpe mini-conference: Financial, Cash and Voucher Assistance in Humanitarian Supply Chains
Event typeConference
Conference number2021
LocationHelsinki, Finland
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoHP: Humanitarian and societal logistics