Coping with Covid-19


Two of our project partners: University of Venice Ca'Foscari and Centro Immigrazione Asilo e Cooperazione internazionale will participate on 13 May -15:00-17:00 in an online webinar about the needs of migrants in Italy during the Covid-19 pandemic. The webinar is titled
"The Needs of Migrants and the Missing Answers During the Time of Covid-19". 

I bisogni dei migranti e le (mancate) risposte all'epoca del Covid-19 
13 maggio 2020, 15:00 - 17.00


In order to curtail the spread of the Covid -19 virus, many EU countries have imposed  movement restrictions and even near or complete lock-down measures upon its citizens. But what does this mean for the refugee populations located in these spaces? In many cases such measures add further complications and difficulties to the lives of individuals that have already 

experienced trauma and forced displacement. On this page the SiforREF project partners will devote information and stories about how the refugee populations and various organisations in their cities: Berlin, Bologna, Ljubljana, Parma and Vienna are finding solutions to deal with this pandemic.

The Covid-19 Pandemic: Refugee Children and Youth

Berlin Project: Back on Track

The changes in everyday life triggered by the corona pandemic are serious for schoolchildren and school-age adolescents: Almost all of their social contacts break away, lessons only take place online or as homeschooling. For most refugee children and adolescents, this new form of school, due to the lack of internet access, the availability of the necessary PC hardware and the necessary support, means that they are completely excluded from the class. The Berlin Refugee Council, along with various counselling centres, youth welfare organisations and guardianship associations are calling on the Senate of Education Administration and the Senate for Social Administration to stop the exclusion of refugee students and to ensure that ALL children in Berlin have the opportunity to continue attending classes. For most of the refugee children and adolescents, the basic requirements for taking part in lessons at home are lacking. There is generally no WiFi available in the living quarters for refugees. The internet quota/data volume on cell phones is quickly used up after a few days. The majority of refugees do not have a laptop or computer that the children can work on. Hardly anyone owns a printer. The refugee accommodations see themselves in terms of personnel, technology and, due to the ban on contacts, as unable to assist by printing out the school material. This also applies to unaccompanied minors and young single adults supervised in youth accommodations. 

For More information in German go to the link and