But the sad reality is that many migrants continue to face exploitation, discrimination and violence throughout the migration process. From abusive recruitment practices as they seek to go abroad in search of decent work, violence and detention at borders, exploitation, unequal treatment in the workplace, xenophobic violence to denial of access to essential services in countries of destination.
A powerful means to reduce inequality, particularly affecting migrants, is through the protection of human rights and labour rights, which form the cornerstone of fairer migration policies."
The post-2015 UN development agenda will be a pivotal opportunity to deliver more equitable and sustainable development. To be truly sustainable, development must be people-centred and inclusive. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said unequivocally that the post-2015 agenda must leave ‘no one behind’ and ‘must not exclude migrants’. It must address inequalities in all areas and must apply to all social and economic groups. A powerful means to reduce inequality, particularly affecting migrants, is through the protection of human rights and labour rights, which form the cornerstone of fairer migration policies.
Next year will see the anniversary of two key instruments that are central to the global struggle towards equal treatment. The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (ICRMW) will turn 25, and ILO’s Migrant Workers (Supplementary Provisions) Convention No. 143 will turn 40. These provide the means and the guidance to transform rights into effective tools to promote broader economic prosperity. Today, on International Migrants’ Day, ILO and OHCHR call on States to make use of these instruments, and all other core international human rights and international labour rights standards, to realize sustainable development and ensure dignity for all, including for migrants.