The inaugural conference of the Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health COVID-19 examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrants and ethnic minorities and the role of racism . Migrants everywhere have faced tightening immigration restrictions, more obstacles to healthcare, increased racism and worsening poverty . Higher COVID-19 mortality rates have been otbserved in ethnic/racial minorities in the United Kingdom and the United States . Structural racism has been implicated, operating, for example, through more crowded living conditions and higher-risk occupations . In Brazil, good data are lacking but a seroprevalence survey suggested higher rates of infection among ethnic minorities and slum dwellers . Considerable disruption of services for migrants at the border with Venezuela have occurred . National policy responses to protect vulnerable groups have been lacking . In Australia, with strict COVID-19 control metrtrun 0asures and inclusive policies, there have been few cases and deaths reported in Indigenous communities so far . In most countries, the lack of COVID-19 data by ethnic/racial group or migrant status should be addressed . Otherwise, racism and consequent inequalities will go undetected.
Index: COVID-19, Ethnicity, Migration, Racism