IPC–MERCATOR POLICY BRIEF June 2022 - BETWEEN CHALLENGE AND CHANCE: EFFECTS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON
6 July 2022
Togeth- and in Belgium the COVID-19 pandemic was found er with the uncertainties and existential threats in to enhance discrimination in the housing market the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, young adults distinctively against immigrants of Maghrebian ori- may become more susceptible to adopt extremist gin.12 A survey conducted in Germany found that attitudes. [...] We surveyed pandemic’s financial and health impacts, for in- members of the host populations and asked them stance, the Syrians in Turkey,16 the Venezuelans in to report on their perceptions of COVID-19-related Brazil,17 and lower-income individuals and Arabs in threats and their feelings toward refugees. [...] The French one was telling us to go to Germany, and the German one was telling us, ‘No, stay in France.’ And they had some sort of argument about where we should go, as if they knew best, and as if we don’t know anything, and as if it was their decision to make.” P11: “I think the media, especially the Turkish media, focuses a lot on what bad things the Syrians do, and doesn’t look where TR the go. [...] The Istanbul Policy Center–Sabancı University– Stiftung Mercator Initiative aims to strengthen the The interpretations and conclusions made in this academic, political, and social ties between Turkey policy brief belong solely to the author and do not and Germany as well as Turkey and Europe. [...] tiative is based on the premise that the acquisition of knowledge and the exchange of people and ide- as are preconditions for meeting the challenges of an increasingly globalized world in the 21st century.