Shock (Im)mobilities

Shock (Im)mobilities

Shock (im)mobilities are dramatic incidents of mobilities and immobility caused by acute disruptions and uncertainties. The COVID-19 pandemic, for instance, led to lockdowns of unprecedented scale, which, in turn, triggered panicked flights in many instances. The patterns, duration, density, demographic composition, and temporal dynamics of shock mobilities remain a black box in many cases.

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The Kuwaiti government offers amnesty to undocumented workers in order for them to return to their home countries, but provides insufficient facilities for those waiting to return. The slowness of response from the Indian government prolongs the migrants’ plight. — S. Irudaya Rajan, H. Arokkiaraj
Patients rushed from one hospital to another seeking care in Dehli in April 2021 and in Wuhan, China, in February 2021. These frantic movements could save lives but also exacerbate infection and anxiety. What are the causes, and what could be alternative ways of channelling limited care resources?  — Mukta Naik, Biao Xiang
With COVID-19 restrictions hampering the mobility of humanitarian workers and emergency aid, Cyclone Harold and Super-cyclone Amphan have shown the importance of local coordination and training in order to build sustainable community resilience to natural disasters. — Will Jernigan
Constraints on public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many urban residents to travel in overcrowded vehicles, and even take to clandestine means. — Jáfia Naftali Câmara
Shock mobilities are sudden human movements in response to acute disruptions. They can be short lived, but may have long lasting impacts. — Biao Xiang
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