The Queen Mary Immigration Law Programme is hosting the Migration and Asylum Policies Systems (MAPS) conference on the theme of ‘Conflicting Responses to Refugees and Migrants in Covid-19 Europe – Vulnerability, Hostility and the Prospects of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum’. The conference will be held online on 11 December 2020.

2020 has been characterised by immense global upheaval due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has shed light on the barriers faced by forced migrants in accessing their rights. This conference will engage in a critical appraisal of the law’s response to the challenges faced by those searching safe haven in the current context. It will interrogate the law’s conflicting role in creating vulnerability and hostility, while also being a source of protection. This tension will be unpacked in three thematic panels and one expert roundtable, problematizing the unique position of forced migrants in times of emergency and considering the risks and opportunities of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum of the European Commission.