covid 19 - border and immigrant issues
Countries with closed borders.
As well as implementing lockdowns or strict social distancing measures, many governments around the world closed their borders to noncitizens and nonresidents in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, around 93 percent of the world's population or 7.2 billion people live in countries with travel restrictions.
This infographic visualizes current border closures worldwide as of April 02, 2020. Roughly 3 billion people, or 39 percent of the overall total, live in countries where borders are completely closed to noncitizens and nonresidents such as new immigrants, business travellers and tourists.
Border Ministry Advocacy.
Coronavirus doesn’t discriminate, why should we? We are living through a scary time. All our lives have been touched by COVID-19 spreading at a rapid pace throughout the world. Even as we utilize social distancing and isolation as tools to combat the spread, we cannot allow ourselves to lose the sense of community and solidarity—not just for our own families, churches and states, but across the world. Each life touches another, and we share a mutual responsibility to work together and protect one another in this time of crisis.
Nationalism, nativism and xenophobia have exacerbated this crisis. The Trump administration was content with travel bans as its only tactic in combating what he termed the “foreign virus.” As a result, the U.S. has been ill-prepared to measure or contain the virus from spreading into the pandemic it has become.