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International Standards and Processes for the Protection of Migrant Rights

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  1. Ryszard Cholewinski

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm309

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Cholewinski, R. 2013. International Standards and Processes for the Protection of Migrant Rights. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

The movement of people in the world today is closely regulated by nation-states even in the current wave of globalization where goods, capital, and services circulate increasingly freely. Determining which non-nationals may enter and reside on their territory is an aspect of sovereignty jealously guarded by states. It is not surprising, therefore, that there is no international treaty or global system of rules regulating the movement of people, although exceptions are found in regional contexts such as the European Union (EU) where all persons within the 27 EU member states (with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland) can freely cross borders, and nationals of EU member states can take up employment and reside in other member states with very few restrictions.

Keywords:

  • Geneva Conventions;
  • humanitarian intervention;
  • international agencies;
  • International Law;
  • labor