Review of the book series “Connected and Mobile: Migration and Human Trafficking in Africa” by researcher Dan Connell

Review of the book series “Connected and Mobile: Migration and Human Trafficking in Africa” by researcher, writer and photographer, Dan Connell. “The four-book series, Connected and Mobile: Migration and Human Trafficking in Africa, is the most comprehensive collection of reports and assessments on these issues—particularly as they apply to Eritrea and the Horn of Africa—that has been published to date, so far as I am aware,” states Connell.

Closed borders and COVID-19, the difficulty for refugees

The world’s 70 million displaced people are one of the groups most vulnerable to COVID-19 while having the least tools to combat it. With COVID-19 spreading across the globe many countries have closed their borders, including for refugees. At present, 93% of the world population lives in countries with border restrictions for non-citizens and 39% live in countries completely closed to non-citizens. Countries that have traditionally welcomed many refugees are closing their borders and reception facilities. This has resulted in uncertain and dangerous situations for refugees. Meanwhile, organizations like the World Health Organizations (WHO) question the long-term merits of closing the border.