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WEBINAR SERIES: What the COVID-19 Pandemic Means for Refugees: Experiences in Brazil

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Central

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE

Contact: Cindy Pingry   (847) 467-1933


Category: Global & Civic Engagement, Academic, Lectures & Meetings


This webinar series, hosted by the Colloquium on Refugees, Migrants and Statelessness (a working group of the Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern University), aims to provide frontline information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on refugees around the world.

Please join us for this free webinar with Patrícia Martuscelli and Judy Abejuela, who will report on what the COVID-19 pandemic means for refugees and migrants in Brazil.

There is very little research so far on how refugees living in cities are impacted by COVID-19 and the remedies that governments are adopting to deal with the pandemic (especially in the Global South). Most reports deal with refugees in camps or detention centers. But how are refugees in big cities in the Global South affected by COVID-19?

Patrícia Martuscelli will share findings from her research with 29 refugees in Brazil on how they are experiencing the pandemic. She and Judy Abejuela, president of the organization África do Coração, will highlight how research can help the work of practitioners, and why policymakers should consider minority populations in their responses to the pandemic.

Speakers bios:

Patrícia Martuscelli is a political scientist from Brazil. She received a PhD in Political Science from the Universidade of São Paulo (USP) and a BA and MA in International Relations from the University of Brasília (UnB). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Zukunftskolleg (Germany), the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development (Switzerland), and the Carolina Population Center (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Her research interests include family migration, child migration, and migration and asylum policies in Latin America, especially in Brazil.

Judy Abejuela is President of the organization África do Coração, a federation of migrant communities for the right to migrate (

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This will be the fifth in a weekly series of webinars exploring what the Covid-19 pandemic means for refugees around the world, hosted by the Colloquium on Refugees, Migrants and Statelessness (a working group of the Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern University).

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