North America’s economic success is very closely tied to the movement of people and goods across secure borders. The spread of COVID-19 has seen unprecedented measures aimed at curtailing cross border travel as well as a virtual halt to international migration. Sharing some of the longest international borders on the planet, the close ties between many North American cities have been profoundly impacted by COVID-19. Our ability to work together to combat the economic and social ramifications of the contagion have been impaired by varying national approaches and a strong desire to distance ourselves from the perceived geographic centers of the virus.
Metropolis North America and the COVID-19 Social Impacts Network will be holding an online conference on May 22nd from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm (EDT) to look at the impact of COVID-19 on migration and mobility in the United States, Canada and Mexico and examine possibilities for cooperation between researchers, policy-makers and civil society across our three countries.