Covid-19 and Engaging with Migrant Communities

Engaging with all affected communities, including migrant communities, is vital to develop successful response measures during a crisis. IOM UK is offering a webinar, available on multiple dates, targeting frontline staff working on the COVID-19 response at a community level, to provide an overview of engaging migrant communities, diaspora leaders and migrant-led community organisations in a partnership approach to develop and communicate successful response measures. 

Efforts to mitigate COVID-19 are unprecedented and while managing a pandemic is new to many of us in the UK, humanitarian efforts around previous pandemics in other parts of the world, such as Ebola, have yielded a number of lessons which have direct implications for our work today. 

The virus has shown that it does not discriminate - but many people are now made more vulnerable by the challenging environment that Covid-19 has created. Engaging with migrant communities is key to ensure the success of the measures in place, and that no one is left behind.

The lockdown measures ongoing in the UK rely on precautions such as social distancing and personal hygiene being practiced at an individual/household level. Yet the degree to which individuals understand the importance of these steps and adapt their routines and lifestyle to observe them are varied and depend on a variety of experiential and cultural factors. In addition, linguistic as well as technological barriers need to be taken into account and properly addressed in any efforts to raise awareness around Covid-19 and the measures in place to combat the spread of the pandemic.  
Key learnings from global work in responding to such humanitarian emergencies are combined with IOM UK Country Office experience in building capacity for local authorities and grassroot organisations, to ensure that migrants can better integrate into new communities, and that receiving communities are well equipped to recognize and support the positive contributions they can make. 

Following the successful response to  pilot sessions held by IOM UK, the webinar will be held periodically (at least once a week) and  will look at how migrant communities have been successfully engaged in the past to develop strong and inclusive pandemic responses.

Please check the link below for further information and upcoming dates
“Engaging Migrant Communities in the Context of Covid-19: Lessons from the Field”

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at: 

"Migration is one of the key realities of our time. It cuts across communities, influences priorities, and shapes societies.
To realise the benefits of migration for migrants and host communities alike, our responses must be innovative, collaborative and designed beyond the immediate."


Dipti Pardeshi, Chief of Mission of the IOM UK Office