Expert consultation on Indicators on the Human Rights of Migrants

On 8 and 9 April, OHCHR, in collaboration with the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), UNICEF, the ILO, and Migrant Forum in Asia, held an expert meeting to develop a set of indicators on the human rights of migrants, particularly in relation to the rights to health, education, and decent work.

The two-day meeting aimed to spell out the essential attributes of the rights enshrined in international instruments, and translate these rights into contextually relevant indicators and benchmarks for implementing and measuring the human rights of migrants, particularly at country level.

The discussion highlighted the growing demand for data on the human rights situation of migrants and their families, and the need to develop indicators for use in human rights assessments and in improving the design of migration policies and programmes. The discussion also highlighted the need to mainstream human rights in data collection on migration. Follow-up to the meeting will include pilot exercises to consult on the indicators at national level.

The meeting gathered more than 50 experts, including human rights and migration experts, statistical experts, local and national government representatives, and civil society organisations with expertise in data collection.