The Centre organizes its first open course on “Extending social protection for migrant workers, refugees and their families”

This new training activity will take place on campus from 19 to 23 March 2018.

Although “everyone as a member of society has the right to social security” (Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), art. 22), migrants and refugees face huge challenges in exercising their rights to social security, as compared with nationals working their entire lives in one country.

In 2013, even though the 105 million workers among the 232 million international migrants worldwide contributed fully to the economies of their countries of origin and destination, they were among the most excluded from even the basic coverage afforded by social protection instruments and schemes, and this was particularly true of undocumented migrant workers.

Migrant workers risk losing entitlement to social security benefits in their country of origin, due to their absence, and may at the same time encounter restrictive conditions under the social security system of their country of destination. They may contribute to social security schemes, in either their countries of origin or destination, but not receive any corresponding benefit.

This new course will focus on existing unilateral bilateral and multilateral measures to extend social protection to migrant workers, as well as refugees and their families, in both their countries of destination and origin. It will cover such topics as:

  • Issues affecting access to social protection for migrants
  • Difficulties encountered by migrant workers in accessing social protection benefits
  • Basic principles for protecting the social security rights of migrant workers
  • The international legal framework providing access to social protection for migrant workers and refugees
  • The role of multilateral and bilateral social security agreements
  • Social protection in the negotiation of Bilateral Labour Agreements (BLA) and Memorandums of Understanding (MoU)
  • Unilateral measures extending social protection to migrant workers and refugees
  • Facilitating access to health care for migrant workers and refugees
  • Extending social protection to vulnerable groups (domestic workers, irregular migrant workers, temporary migrant workers, refugees)


Extending social protection to migrant workers, refugees and their families







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