E-Learning on Adopting a Rights Based Approach to Labour Migration and Promoting the Protection of Migrant Workers' Rights

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E-Learning on Adopting a Rights Based Approach to Labour Migration and Promoting the Protection of Migrant Workers' Rights

28 March–6 May 2022
The course is available in English
Introduction to the course

International migration is primarily a labour market, employment and decent work issue. The challenge is to govern migration in such a way that it can serve as a force for growth and prosperity in both origin and destination countries, while protecting and benefiting migrant workers themselves. The rights-based approach to migration is based on international human rights law and should underpin all migration policies: under international human rights law (all nine human rights treaties), all migrants are entitled to the respect, protection, and full enjoyment of their human rights, regardless of their migration status. Legal instruments, such as the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (1990), ILO conventions (No. 97 migration for employment, 143 on migrant workers, 189 on decent work for domestic workers) and recommendations (R202 on social protection floors, or on the informal economy R204), as well as international law such as refugee, labour, humanitarian and other law, protect and promote the rights of migrants and refugees. This course examines trends in international labour migration, its impacts on origin and destination countries, and conditions of work experienced by migrant workers. The course also explores how standards can be used in the formulation and implementation of migration policies and practices. However, conventions related to labour migration, for example, have lower rates of ratification, and actual implementation of these rights remains a challenge in most countries.

Who attends this course?

The course is designed for officials and practitioners committed to better protect migrants workers in particular: policy-planners and officials from key ministries responsible for migration; representatives of the social partners involved in the governance of migration; practitioners and consultants of UN agencies working in the field of migration, staff of NGO working for the protection of migrants.

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