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International human rights norms on migrants

Migration A–Z

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  1. Beth Lyon

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm306

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Lyon, B. 2013. International human rights norms on migrants. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

This essay provides an overview of binding international human rights treaty provisions that protect migrants. Explicitly or through interpretation, nearly every human rights convention protects migrants. Specialized instruments address the situation of migrant subcategories, including refugees and people at risk of torture and other abuse in their home countries, stateless persons, migrant workers, trafficked and smuggled migrants, child migrants, women migrants, and internally displaced persons (IDPs). Each of these specialized regimes reflects a different stage of international entrenchment, but the protections they enshrine remain urgently relevant to migrants and their countries of origin and destination.

Keywords:

  • Geneva Convention;
  • humanitarian intervention;
  • international agencies;
  • international law;
  • labor;
  • twentieth century