International Migration and Human Rights
The paper examines the different ways in which international migration and human rights intersect, both in countries of origin, transit and destination, and in relation to particular socioeconomic groups. It then reviews the protection given to migrants’ rights under international law - human rights law, labour standards, criminal law and through diplomatic protection - and their duties to host societies. It considers the role of human rights as a policy tool in current migration discussions, suggests some elements of a rights based approach to migration, and identifies ‘good practices’ at the national, regional and international levels. The paper identifies as an over-riding priority the need to create a situation in which migration can take place in conditions of dignity, and become an informed choice, rather than a strategy of survival - even desperation - in an economically asymmetric world, as it is today for many migrants.
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