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Human rights

Cross-cutting theme in the Global Compact for Migration

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is based on a set of cross-cutting and interdependent guiding principles. This page provides resources for the guiding principle of Human Rights:

“By implementing the Global Compact, we ensure effective respect for and protection and fulfilment of the human rights of all migrants, regardless of their migration status, across all stages of the migration cycle." (GCM, 2018: para. 15)

The Global Compact for Migration provides a comprehensive roadmap to ensure the effective respect, protection and fulfilment of the human rights of migrants. A human rights based approach is relevant to ensure the successful implementation of all Objectives of the GCM. 

 

Human rights in the text of the Global Compact

The guiding principle of Human Rights is also mentioned in the following sections of the GCM:

  • Preamble, para. 2, 4
  • Shared Responsibility, para. 11, 12
  • Unity of Purpose, para. 15(j)
  • Objective 1, para. (17): Collect and utilize accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence-based policies
  • Objective 2, para. 18(b)(c)(h): Minimize the adverse drivers and structural factors that compel people to leave their country of origin
  • Objective 3, para. 19(c): Provide accurate and timely information at all stages of migration
  • Objective 4, para. 20 (f): Ensure that all migrants have proof of legal identity and adequate documentation
  • Objective 5, para. 21(a): Enhance availability and flexibility of pathways for regular migration
  • Objective 6, para. 22(f)(g)(h)(l): Facilitate fair and ethical recruitment and safeguard conditions that ensure decent work
  • Objective 7, para. 23 (a)(b)(l): Address and reduce vulnerabilities in migration
  • Objective 9, para. 25 (c): Strengthen the transnational response to smuggling of migrants
  • Objective 11, para. 27 (a)(c)(g): Manage borders in an integrated, secure and coordinated manner
  • Objective 12, para. 28 (b)(c): Strengthen certainty and predictability in migration procedures for appropriate screening, assessment and referral
  • Objective 13, para. 29 (a)(b)(c)(f)(g): Use migration detention only as a measure of last resort and work towards alternatives
  • Objective 14, para. 30 (d): Enhance consular protection, assistance and cooperation throughout the migration cycle
  • Objective 15, para. 31 (b)(d): Provide access to basic services for migrants
  • Objective 17, para. 33 (b)(d): Eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote evidence-based public discourse to shape perceptions of migration
  • Objective 21, para. 37 (a)(e)(f): Cooperate in facilitating safe and dignified return and readmission, as well as sustainable reintegration
  • Section on Implementation, para. 44

The Global Compact for Migration (GCM) report is available in AR, ZH, EN, FR, RU, ES.

Resources

These Principles and Guidelines provide concrete and operational guidance to assist States to design, implement and monitor migration governance measures that respect and protect the human rights of migrants in vulnerable situations.
The OHCHR’s recommended principles and guidelines provides normative guidance on how to translate the international human rights framework into concrete measures that uphold the rights of migrants at international borders.

Videos

On the occasion of International Migrants’ Day, as part of a global call to Stand Up for Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Office launched a series of animated videos to amplify the voices of migrants, the communities that welcome them and the conversations they have along the way.
A video on Gender Responsive Migrant Worker Resources Center (MRC) and the One-Roof Integrated Services (LTSA) for Indonesian migrant workers.

Projects

PROMIS is a joint initiative between the West Africa Regional Office of UN Human Rights and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It aims to strengthen the fight against migrant smuggling in Western Africa, from a human rights-based approach.
This Thematic Working Group aims to help policymakers and other stakeholders better gauge migrant rights by generating globally comparable measures of integration.

Events

After almost two years of an unprecedented pandemic which has disrupted normality for all, interrupted education globally and affected health, wellbeing and economies, the world of tomorrow looks uncertain for many.
InterContinental Geneva
13 December 2021, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
The Global Forum will focus the world’s attention on the rights and urgent needs of children and young people, identify and celebrate proven and new solutions to address them, and inspire commitments, drive action and mobilize transformational resources to scale up and advance child rights and meet
7 December 2021, 12:00 PM to 19 December 2021, 4:00 PM

About the Migration Network Hub

What is the Migration Network Hub?

The Hub is a virtual “meeting space” where governments, stakeholders and experts can access and share migration-related information and services. It provides curated content, analysis and information on a variety of topics.

The Hub aims to support UN Member States in the implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Compact for Migration by serving as a repository of existing evidence, practices and initiatives, and facilitating access to knowledge sharing via online discussions, an expert database and demand-driven, tailor-made solutions (launching in 2021).

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The Hub aims to help you find information on migration, ranging from policy briefs and journal articles, existing portals and platforms and what they offer, to infographics and videos. The different types of resources submitted by users undergo peer review by a panel of experts from within the UN and beyond, before being approved for inclusion in the Hub. To provide guidance to users based on findings of the needs assessment, the content is ordered so that more comprehensive and global resources are shown before more specific and regional ones. Know a great resource? Please submit using the links above and your suggestion will be reviewed. Please see the draft criteria for existing practices here.

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