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Migration and International Human Rights Law: Guide for practitioners

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has published a new 300 page “Practitioners Guide No. 6 on Migration and International Human Rights Law” (researched and written by Massimo Frigo and edited by Róisín Pillay): see

“For migrants, the principle that human rights accord to all human beings often seems to be illusory in practice. Although national laws and circumstances vary greatly, migrants around the world regularly face ill treatment by State or private actors, detention in substandard conditions, denial of their labour rights, and inadequate access to housing, healthcare and other social services. National laws and practices frequently deprive migrants of effective access to legal remedies to vindicate their rights. Where national laws offer poor procedural protection for those seeking asylum or challenging decisions to expel them, the protections guaranteed by international human rights and refugee law may be seriously undermined.

International law, and, in particular, international human rights law, provides a powerful tool to ensure effective remedies for violations of migrants’ human rights. This Practitioners Guide analyses the protection afforded to migrants by international law and the means to implement it at national and international levels. The Guide synthesises and clarifies international standards on key issues, in particular: the rights and procedures connected to the way migrants enter a country and their status in the country of destination; human rights and refugee law constraints on expulsion; the human rights and refugee law rights linked to expulsion procedures; the rights and guarantees for administrative detention of migrants; rights connected to work and labour; and rights to education, to the highest attainable standard of health, to adequate housing, to water, to food and to social security.”

Beyound doubt this Guide is great literature for anyone interested in the topic!

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