Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Border Criminologies team, along with others around the globe, has expressed reiterated concerns about the impact of the pandemic on the wellbeing of migrants, in particular on those who are undocumented and/or held in detention centres. 

We recently launched a call for detailed, grassroots information about measures that have been taken at the national and local level to protect the rights of people in immigration detention around the world. Many responses have already been submitted and we are now working to make this information available on our interactive map, Landscapes of Border Control.

We would now like to invite all those who are either studying, working within, or have first-hand experience of border zones, detention sites, hotspots, asylum seekers reception facilities, to join our call for blogposts. We welcome pieces from researchers doing empirical work in these contexts, activists, practitioners and people with lived experiences of border control.

Although the pandemic has imposed new urgencies and political agendas, it is of the utmost importance to continue mapping, from the bottom-up, border control practices around the world, especially in times when those most marginalised are most at risk.

Information about blog guidelines can be found here. Please either email border criminologies  directly (Bordercrim@law.ox.ac.uk) or Dr Francesca Esposito (francesca.esposito@crim.ox.ac.uk) who will be editing this series.