Events and Activities
6 March 2018 – Expert Meeting: The human rights of migrants in the context of return
In recent years, the topic of return has become increasingly prominent in migration governance discussions. Return has been promoted as the “preferred option” and an essential aspect of a “well-managed migration policy”, largely because of its presumed, though largely unproven, deterrent effect on irregular migration, and other assumptions such as the links between returns and well-functioning asylum systems. Globally, the number of people subject to returns has been increasing, and States are prioritising return over other available policy options such as regularisation or expanded regular migration pathways. In the view of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), current return practices lead to a number of serious human rights concerns. With this expert meeting, OHCHR seeks to better understand the human rights consequences, State obligations, and possible remedies in the context of current return practices.
27 November 2017 -
UN Forum on Business and Human Rights: Promoting inclusion and countering anti-migrant narratives: Leveraging the role of business
During the 2017 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Stop Funding Hate hosted a session on Promoting inclusion and countering anti-migrant narratives: Leveraging the role of business. Speakers from Ben and Jerry’s, IKEA, Oxfam and Stop Funding Hate engaged the audience in a discussion around what role business can play in challenging anti-migrant narratives and how they can contribute to promoting inclusion.
11 May 2017 –
Expert Meeting: Building partnerships to counter anti-migrant narratives
Messages of xenophobia targeting migrants are increasingly becoming part of political and public discussions, creating a climate of fear and intolerance. At a recent meeting in Geneva, experts and activists came together to talk about what could be done to combat negative narratives and stand up for the rights of migrant.
10 March 2017 -
Human Rights Council: Enhanced interactive dialogue on the human rights of migrants in the context of large movements
On 10 March 2017 the Human Rights Council held an enhanced interactive dialogue on “The human rights of migrants in the context of large movements” at its thirty-fourth session, with the participation of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other members of the Global Migration Group.
June to September 2016 -
Protecting the human rights of migrants and refugees within large movements
In preparation for the General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (19 September 2016), OHCHR and the Platform for International Cooperation for Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and with the support of the Government of Switzerland, organized a number of strategic discussions to raise the profile of the human rights of migrants ahead of the General Assembly meeting, through engaging in multi-stakeholder dialogue on a range of issues related to protection and promotion of the human rights of all migrants in vulnerable situations and in large movements.
21 April 2016 -
Expert Roundtable: Shaping the public narrative on migration
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized a one-day expert roundtable on the theme “Changing the public narrative on migration: promoting tolerance and confronting xenophobia against migrants”, to discuss the way that migrants and migration are being framed in the public narrative, and to examine possible collaborative efforts to re-frame the current toxic narrative on this issue.
14 March 2016 -
Side Event: Migrants in Transit
OHCHR’s study on the situation of migrants in transit was presented to the 31st session of the Human Rights Council. On 14 March 2016, OHCHR organised a side-event to launch this study and explore the human rights situations of migrants in transit. The event was co-sponsored by the Governments of Mexico and Greece.
15 December 2015 -
Panel Discussion: Promoting tolerance, dispelling myths, protecting rights - an evidence-based conversation on migration
On the occasion of Human Rights Day and International Migrants’ Day, OHCHR organized a panel discussion on the theme of “Promoting tolerance, dispelling myths, protecting rights: an evidence-based conversation on migration”.
28-29 September 2015 -
Global Seminar: On the human rights of migrant domestic workers in an irregular situation
On 28 and 29 September 2015, OHCHR organised a global seminar on the human rights of migrant domestic workers in an irregular situation. The global seminar took place in Bangkok, Thailand.
16-29 September 2015 –
The Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families
More than 50 million people work as domestic workers around the world. Of these, a significant number are migrants, including migrants who are in an irregular situation. The
Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers and their Families is a project implemented by the ILO in collaboration with OHCHR, UN Women, the International Domestic Workers Federation, the International Trade Union Confederation, and the Confederation of Indonesia Prosperity Trade Union, that seeks to promote the human and labour rights of migrant domestic workers worldwide by addressing the challenges that make migrant domestic workers particularly vulnerable to the risks of exploitation and abuse. OHCHR’s collaboration in this project focuses on
migrant domestic workers in an irregular situation.
11 March 2015 –
Publication Launch: The Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Migrants in an Irregular Situation
OHCHR launches its study, which draws together the legal content of the rights education, health, adequate housing, water and sanitation, food, social security and work and details the practical barriers that often prevent irregular migrants from enjoying these fundamental rights. It also highlights several good practices.
4-5 March 2015 –
IMO High-Level Meeting to Address Unsafe Mixed Migration by Sea
On 4-5 March, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) hosted a High-Level Meeting to Address Unsafe Mixed Migration by Sea at IMO’s headquarters in London.
23 October 2014 –
Publication Launch: OHCHR's Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders
With a view to translating the international human rights framework into practical border governance measures, OHCHR has developed a set of Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders.
4 September 2014 -
Side Event: Decent Work for Migrant Domestic Workers
On the margins of the 21st Session UN Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW), OHCHR organized a side event in partnership with the ILO and European Union in the framework of the EU funded project “Global Action Programme on Migrant Domestic Workers”, to provide a forum to raise awareness on the disadvantages experienced by migrant domestic workers, the challenges to ensure the design and effective implementation of protective legislation and redress mechanisms, and to improve their organizational capacities.
8-9 April 2014 –
Expert Consultation: 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, 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 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.
4 March 2014 –
Human Rights Council: High-level Panel Discussion on human rights mainstreaming
In the context of the 25th session of the Human Rights Council, the high-level panel on human rights mainstreaming focused on "the protection and promotion of the human rights of migrants".
3-4 October 2013 –
General Assembly: High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development
The United Nations General Assembly will hold a second High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development at its 68th session in New York on 3 and 4 October 2013 (A/RES/63/225, A/RES/67/219). The theme of the High-Level Dialogue (HLD) will be “identifying concrete measures to strengthen coherence and cooperation at all levels, with a view to enhancing the benefits of international migration for migrants and countries alike and its important link to development, while reducing its negative impacts”.
4 September 2013 –
High-Level Meeting on Migration and Human Rights
OHCHR organised a high-profile meeting in advance of the High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in order to raise awareness of the human rights of migrants and to advocate for mainstreaming a human rights-based approach within all four round table discussions of the HLD. The high-level meeting was opened by the High Commissioner and included the participation of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for International Migration and Development, high level speakers from Member States, Principals of Global Migration Group agencies, and heads of NGOs.
3 October 2013 -
Side Event: Migrant Domestic Workers, Ensuring Human Rights and Making Decent Work a Reality
On the margins of the United Nations High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, OHCHR organized a side event on migrant domestic workers in partnership with ILO and UN Women, including interventions from Mr. Guy Ryder, Director General, ILO; Mr. Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration and Development; and Ms. Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
20-21 June 2013 –
Expert Consultation: Human Rights, Migration and Governance
Leading up to the High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, OHCHR carried out a series of events and activities in order to ensure that human rights were kept at the centre of all deliberations of the HLD. On 20-21 June 2013, OHCHR organised an expert meeting on migration, human rights and governance. More than fifty participants engaged in this discussion, including representatives from Global Migration Group agencies, human rights mechanisms, Member States, regional organisations, international and regional non-governmental organisations, trade unions and academia.
22-23 March 2012 –Expert Consultation: Human Rights at International Borders - Exploring Gaps in Policy and Practice
On 22-23 March 2012, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in cooperation with the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), held an expert meeting on the subject of “Human Rights at International Borders: Exploring Gaps in Policy and Practice”. The aim of the expert meeting was to explore the human rights situation of migrants at international borders as well as the need for enhanced human rights guidance in this respect.
24 March 2011 –
OHCHR Study on children working and/or living on the street
In its resolution 16/12 adopted on 24 March 2011 the Human Rights Council invited the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct a study on challenges, lessons learnt and best practices in a holistic, child rights and gender-based based approach to protect and promote the rights of children working and/or living on the street, including practices in the collection of disaggregated data and experiences on access to child friendly counselling, complaint and reporting mechanisms to protect the rights of children living and/or working on the streets.
11-12 May 2011 –
OHCHR-UNHCR Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention
On 11 and 12 May 2011, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized the first Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention (ATD) of Asylum-Seekers, Refugees, Migrants and Stateless Persons in Geneva. The Roundtable concluded that there is no empirical evidence that immigration detention deters irregular migration, and urged States to explore alternatives to such detention.
25 May 2010 –
Expert Consultation: Protection of the rights of the child in the context of migration
Through resolution 12/6 of the Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner was asked “to prepare a study on challenges and best practices in the implementation of the international framework for the protection of the rights of the child in the context of migration”. In order to provide input to this study, OHCHR hosted a consultation on protection of the rights of the child in the context of migration on 25 May 2010 in Geneva.