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Member Exclusive Webinar: Refugees, Host Countries and the Coronavirus Pandemic

While refugees are not inherently more susceptible to the Covid-19 virus, the conditions in which many refugees and internally displaced persons live and their difficulty in accessing basic health services leave them highly vulnerable. At this webinar, Kelsey Norman, fellow for the Middle East and director of the Women's Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program, examined refugee situations globally and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on individuals as well as host countries. She also placed recent migration policies — including safe third country agreements and border externalization measures — in the context of the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus.

This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerMiddleEast.


12:30 p.m. — Presentation
1:00 p.m. — Q&A


This webinar ws free and open to members of the Baker Institute Roundtable with the link included in their email invitation. The webinar was hosted on Zoom, and additional registration information was distributed via email. For information about membership, please contact us at 713-348-4945 or

Featured Speaker

Kelsey Norman, Ph.D., is a fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute and director of the Women’s Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program. Her research focuses on women’s rights, human rights, and refugee and migration issues in the Middle East and North Africa. Her other research interests include comparative political institutions, international relations, immigration, citizenship, gender, and Middle East and North African politics. Her current book project, “Reluctant Reception: Understanding Host State Migration and Refugee Policies in the Middle East and North Africa,” is based on three years of fieldwork in Egypt, Morocco and Turkey. The book project is adapted from her doctoral dissertation, which was chosen for the Best Dissertation award by the Migration and Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association. Her research has been published in academic journals including the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies. She has also published policy-oriented articles in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, Political Violence at a Glance, Jadaliyya, and Muftah, and has given radio interviews and public lectures on topics related to her research. Norman received her doctorate in political science from the University of California, Irvine and a master of public policy from the University of Toronto.


Thu, April 16, 2020
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


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