According to an article from The Economist, many foreigners had planned to start a new way of life in 2020. For example, many blue collar workers had planned to move to another country for better working opportunities and students planned on studying abroad in other countries to learn to new perspectives and cultures. With a global pandemic occurring, all of these plans were put on hold, as flights were suspended and travel was restricted. Even though some borders are starting to open, that does not mean that migrants are being welcomed with open arms. Fear of Coronavirus has made natives hostile towards migrants, such as being racist toward Chinese people or those who look Chinese, since the virus started in China, or any group of people who have said to be infected. Also, there has been a question if native businesses will stop having migrants compete for local jobs, since many natives are unemployed due to Coronavirus. To answer this question, the thought process would be determining if the native people should be the priority or if migrants are important enough to the economic state of a country to have them come back into the country. One downfall to not letting in migrants could be the loss of specialized and professional workers, such as doctors. For those democratic nations who rely on the people to help make decisions, weighing public opinion of the issue will be very important in making the decisions in the future.

https://www.economist.com/international/2020/08/01/when-covid-19-recedes-will-global-migration-start-again

Alexia Inge