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Initial Assessment of the Impact of the Emergency State Lockdown Measures on the 1st Wave of the COVID-19 Epidemic in Portugal

Introduction: Portugal took early action to control the COVID-19 epidemic, initiating lockdown measures on March 16th when it recorded only 62 cases of COVID-19 per million inhabitants and reported no deaths. The Portuguese public complied quickly, reducing their overall mobility by 80%. The aim of this study was to estimate the initial impact of the lockdown in Portugal in terms of the reduction of the burden on the healthcare system.

The tourist guide profession and the impact of the COVID-19 [A profissão de guia-intérprete e o impacto da COVID-19]

Tour guides are one of the professions that suffered the most from the health crisis and is one of the professions that will have the most difficulty in recovering. This difficulty arises not only from the fact that modern tourism has developed in other ways, more individualistic, supported by new technologies and today also encouraged by insecurity, but because this profession works mainly with the foreign market, very dependent on mobility much limited now by the pandemic.

Human mobility and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): a negative binomial regression analysis

Objectives: This study aimed to examine the link between human mobility and the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)–infected people in countries. Study design: Our data set covers 144 countries for which complete data are available. To analyze the link between human mobility and COVID-19–infected people, our study focused on the volume of air travel, the number of airports, and the Schengen system. Methods: To analyze the variation in COVID-19–infected people in countries, we used negative binomial regression analysis.

Data-driven approach to understand the mobility patterns of the portuguese population during the covid-19 pandemic

SARS-CoV-2 emerged in late 2019. Since then, it has spread to several countries, becoming classified as a pandemic. So far, there is no definitive treatment or vaccine, so the best solution is to prevent transmission between individuals through social distancing. However, it is not easy to measure the effectiveness of these distance measures. Therefore, this study uses data from Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports to understand the Portuguese population’s mobility patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this study, the Rt value was modeled for Portugal.

Social support in migrant entrepreneurship before and during the coronavirus crisis

Successive waves of immigration have long shaped societies, cultures and traditions, and supported the growth and development of host economies. Immigrants are consumers, taxpayers, investors, job creators and entrepreneurs. However, immigrant communities, and immigrant entrepreneurs in particular, face distinctive challenges in regard to good understanding of the local context and local market, awareness of laws and regulations, networking, nuances of language and mentality, or cultural aspects of doing business.

A data visualization interactive exploration of human mobility data during the COVID-19 outbreak: A case study

In this paper, we present a real-world study where a community-based tracking infrastructure has been put to good use for understanding human mobility during the COVID-19 outbreak, in order to contrast its diffusion. In particular, the infrastructure, deployed in 81 points of interests (POIs) across the Madeira Islands (Portugal), can collect a massive amount of spatio-temporal data, that can be enriched with potentially independent data sources of additional values (such as the official number of people affected by the coronavirus disease), and crowdsourced data collected by citizens.

The MIPEX Health strand: a longitudinal, mixedmethods survey of policies on migrant health in 38 countries

Background Within health systems, equity between migrants and native-born citizens is still a long way from being achieved. Benchmarking the equitability of policies on migrant health is essential for monitoring progress and identifying positive and negative aspects of national policies. For this purpose, the 2015 round of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) was expanded to include a strand on health, in a collaborative project carried out between 2013 and 2017 in 38 countries. 

Facilitating Refugee Resettlement to Portugal

Building upon the pilot project on resettlement from Egypt to Portugal in 2015 and with a view to extending the scope of IOM’s assistance to the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) in the framework of the Collaboration Protocol signed between SEF and IOM in April 2015, this project is intended to provide comprehensive resettlement services to those refugees identified by the Government of Portugal for resettlement to Portugal in 2016 and 2017. Resettlement will take place from Egypt for what concerns those to be resettled under the 2015 annual quota.