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Migration and Human Rights


  • Page extent: 450 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.73 kg

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  • LC Classification: K3240 .M54 2009
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Human rights
    • Foreign workers--Legal status, laws, etc
    • International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families--(1990)

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521136112)

The UN Convention on Migrant Workers' Rights is the most comprehensive international treaty in the field of migration and human rights. Adopted in 1990 and entered into force in 2003, it sets a standard in terms of access to human rights for migrants. However, it suffers from a marked indifference: only forty states have ratified it and no major immigration country has done so. This highlights how migrants remain forgotten in terms of access to rights. Even though their labour is essential in the world economy, the non-economic aspect of migration – and especially migrants' rights – remain a neglected dimension of globalisation. This volume provides in-depth information on the Convention and on the reasons behind states' reluctance towards its ratification. It brings together researchers, international civil servants and NGO members and relies upon an interdisciplinary perspective that includes not only law, but also sociology and political science.

• Addresses background issues and empirical situations, enabling readers to understand the history and content of the Convention as well as its current situation in major immigration countries • Brings together an international team of researchers and practitioners to provide global coverage of migrants' rights


1. International convention on the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families Paul de Guchteneire and Antoine Pécoud; 2. Migration and human rights: the uneasy but essential relationship Graziano Battistella; 3. Role of civil society in campaigning for and using the ICRMW Mariette Grange and Marie d'Auchamp; 4. Committee on migrant workers and implementation of the ICRMW Carla Edelenbos; 5. Migrants' rights in UN human rights conventions Isabelle Slinckx; 6. The need for a rights-based approach to migration in the age of globalisation Patrick Taran; 7. Obstacles to, and opportunities for, ratification of the ICRMW in Asia Nicola Piper; 8. Obstacles to ratification of the ICRMW in Canada Victor Piché, Eugénie Pelletier and Dina Epale; 9. Mexico's role in promoting and implementing the ICRMW Gabriela Diaz and Gretchen Kuhner; 10. Migrants' rights after apartheid: South African responses to the ICRMW Vincent Williams, Jonathan Crush and Peggy Nicholson; 11. Recent policy on the ICRMW in the United Kingdom Bernard Ryan; 12. The French political refusal on Europe's behalf Hélène Oger; 13. Migration and human rights in Germany Felicitas Hillmann and Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels; 14. Migration and human rights in Italy - prospects for the ICRMW Kristina Touzenis; 15. The ICRMW and the European Union Euan McDonald and Ryszard Cholewinski; 16. Annexe 1 – International convention on the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families; 17. Annexe 2 – Ratifications of ILO Conventions 97 and 143 and of ICRMW by October 2008.


'[This] book offers a good overview of the current challenges of the International Convention on Migrant Workers' Rights through complementary and informative perspectives. It has the merit of exploring a field which is conspicuously poor in the existing literature. One could accordingly hope that this book will encourage the research community to be more actively involved in this important area.' Vincent Chetail, International Journal of Refugee Law

'Migration and Human Rights: The United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers' Rights focuses on human migration as a key to human development in the age of globalization. The volume highlights the importance for the international community of nations to work together to promote and protect the fundamental rights of migrant workers across the world.' Ritendra Tamang and Ajay Pradhan, International Migration Review

'This original and well-documented book aims both at informing academics, civil society and policymakers, and at promoting the ratification of this key Convention. It is an important contribution for current thinking on migration issues and for the recognition of the potential of a rights-based approach in this field.' Anne-Claire Gayet, Population

'Migration and Human Rights: The United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers' Rights is a unique contribution, as it offers an insight into the historical, political, legal and institutional reasons of why states are so reluctant to ratify this international measure. This collection represents a useful source for scholars and practitioners interested in migration, human rights and integration studies within the international arena.' Sonia Morano-Foadi, International Journal of Law in Context

'This book will surely be of interest to a wide spectrum of people including academics, policymakers, NGO activists and people working on migration issues within international organisations.' Daniela DeBono, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies


Paul de Guchteneire, Antoine Pécoud, Graziano Battistella, Mariette Grange, Marie d'Auchamp, Carla Edelenbos, Isabelle Slinckx, Patrick Taran, Nicola Piper, Victor Piché, Eugénie Pelletier, Dina Epale, Gabriela Diaz, Gretchen Kuhner, Vincent Williams, Jonathan Crush, Peggy Nicholson, Bernard Ryan, Hélène Oger, Felicitas Hillmann, Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels, Kristina Touzenis, Euan McDonald, Ryszard Cholewinski

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