Coronavirus

Covid-19 turning back the flow of migration in Latin America

Migrants who left their countries are now returning home in their droves, creating a host of new migration challenges amid the coronavirus outbreak

Covid-19 turning back the flow of migration in Latin America
Refugee camp in Northern Brazil. Photo: Marcelo Camargo/ABr

As the Covid-19 pandemic hit countries around the world, many nations adopted isolation measures that involved sending tourists back home. Equally, governments and embassies from all continents issued pleas for their own citizens — in foreign countries for work, study, or leisure — to return home as the outbreak intensified. In Brazil, the Foreign Ministry sent planes to bring back hundreds of tourists on holiday, including one group of 410 Brazilians in Peru. For them, the process was painless, they may have had their holiday cut short, but they were soon back at home with their families.

But what...

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