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To Move or not to Move? Multiple Pandemics from Transits and Narratives of a Lesbian Asylum Seeker in the Global South


The issue of mobility has gained prominence during the Covid-19 pandemic, where restriction policies have been implemented as one of the most common epidemiological control devices around the world. This article seeks to analyze some tensions, discourses, and silences surrounding the return flows (“voluntary”?) Of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Colombia and Brazil in the pandemic context. Then, it seeks to show how social markers of difference modulate the unequal impacts of the pandemic, especially in the (re) configurations of mobilities, focusing on the narrative of a Venezuelan lesbian and asylum seeker in Brazil. Intending to present and “tell” (in the sense of narrating) the pandemic as a biographical event, arguing that this is one of the main contributions of the social sciences to the understanding of this context.

mobility; Covid-19; refuge; LGBTI; narratives

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