CMW-CRC Joint General Comment on the Human Rights of Children in the Context of International Migration

The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CMW) and the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) have started to elaborate a Joint General Comment (JGC) on the human rights of children in the context of international migration.

The joint general comment will seek to provide guidance to States parties to both Conventions on the situation of children in the context of international migration, including:

  • Children that migrate with their parents who are migrant workers;
  • Children that are born to parents who are migrant workers in transit and destination countries;
  • Migrant children that return to their country of origin, either voluntarily or by force, alone or with their parents;
  • Children left behind by their parents (or one of them) who have migrated to another country; and
  • Children that migrate unaccompanied and separated from their parents (for reasons such as seeking employment, family reunification or as victims of trafficking, labour exploitation and child labour).

Following a call for submissions and the establishment of a zero draft, the Committees have decided to hold consultations to ensure that the perspectives of States, United Nations agencies and entities, civil society organizations and other stakeholders with respect to this issue are raised, discussed and reflected in the draft for further consideration by both Committees.


Expert and Regional Consultations:

Geneva Consultation (2 May 2017)

Madrid (4 to 5 May 2017)

Bangkok (24 to 25 May 2017)

Berlin (12 to 13 June 2017)

Mexico City (28 p.m. to 29 a.m. June 2017)

Beirut (25 a.m. July 2017)

Dakar (26 July 2017)

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