International Migrants Day - 18 December 2009
Today, ICHRP joins the world in marking International Migrants Day. On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day.
Interview of Pia Oberoi, Consultant Project Manager for the ICHRP project on Migration
Pia Oberoi was formerly with Amnesty International, Forum Asia and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights working on refugee and migration issues.
The ICHRP will soon publish a report which examines the provisions that protect undocumented and smuggled migrants under international human rights law, and suggests how they might be integrated in migration policies, alongside economic and law enforcement considerations. It takes account of the 2000 Convention to Combat Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols on Trafficking and Smuggling, as well as the 1990 Convention to Protect the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families.
The project will link three strands of thinking that have always influenced policy in this area: support for law enforcement and state control over sovereign frontiers; economic policies that seek benefits from controlled immigration of labour; and the obligation to protect vulnerable people from exploitation and abuse. It argues that, if they are to be sustainable and defensible, policies on undocumented migration (and human smuggling in particular) must integrate human rights protection alongside other policy concerns.