Migrant rights and social aspect of migration

Migration has important social implications that cannot be evaluated purely in economic terms. These include rights of migrants, effects of migration on gender roles, family cohesion, health, education. Even temporary circular migration increases the risk of family breakdown, fragmentation of social networks, and psychosocial stress. Migration can be accompanied by violence and exploitation, as well as extreme risks from unauthorized crossings of desert and sea borders. Irregular migrants are often at the mercy of traffickers and exploitative employers, with little legal recourse. Regular migrants can also be vulnerable to exploitation due to poor language skills, unfamiliarity with social mores and laws in destination countries, as well as limited arrangements in destination countries to cater to their needs. Yet, the rights of migrants are protected by all international human rights instruments and labor standards. In addition, little or incomplete statistical information are available on the progress in the translation of human rights commitment into law, policy and practice. The objective of this working group is to foster effective discussions on migrant rights and social implications of migration, and fill out the gap in relation to quantitative and qualitative information on human rights of migrants and their families.

Areas of Focus

The Thematic Working Group has been focusing on the following areas of work:

  • The project aims to translate a selected set of rights into indicators and benchmarks for implementing and measuring the human rights of migrants. These indicators focus particularly on the rights to health, education, and decent work of migrants and their families, as well as on the cross-cutting principle on non-discrimination through one further pilot in-depth national consultations to be carried out in two different regions, one in Mexico and the other one in Tunisia.
  • Assess social costs of migration in destination as well as origin countries.

 

William Gois
Migrant Forum Asia

Chair

Kerry Neal
UNICEF

Co-chair

Nadege Desiree Yameogo
World Bank

Focal Point

Working paper

Justin Gest and Tom K. Wong

2018

Working paper

Pablo Ceriani Cernadas, Michele LeVoy, Lilana Keith

April 2015

Working paper

Pablo Ceriani Cernadas, Michele LeVoy, Lilana Keith

April 2015

Working paper

Pablo Ceriani Cernadas, Michele LeVoy, Lilana Keith

April 2015