Refugee Youth in Public Space


The invisible corona crisis – problems and grassroots solutions in Belgium

COVID-19 has rendered certain groups of people invisible while simultaneously forcing others to emerge from the shadows. From unaccompanied youth refugees who lack access to the internet and social networks, to intra-European labour migrants who have lost their jobs in the grey/black market who are in dire need of food and other basic services, COVID-19 is impacting various groups of migrants differently. Differences aside, however, one thing is clear: displaced migrants have been insufficiently identified by the government and have been inadequately targeted by crisis management efforts.

Youth in Brussels © Brecht Vanhoenacker and Mattias De Backer

Read more of  Mattias de Backer’s blog in the Identities COVID-19 blog series.