DMA Dialogues | Mobility Shutdown: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Migration in Asia and the Pacific
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Mobility Shutdown: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Migration in Asia and the Pacific

Mobility Shutdown: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Migration in Asia and the Pacific

Some of the strictest COVID-19 pandemic-era limits on human mobility occurred in the Asia Pacific region. Border closures started in East and Southeast Asia in early 2020 and quickly spread through the entire region, in some cases remaining in place for more than two years. This report examines the approaches countries took and reflects on the immense costs and benefits of using border measures to tackle public-health risks.