Global Migration Group (GMG) Principles and Guidelines, supported by practical guidance, on the human rights protection of migrants in vulnerable situations

OHCHR, as co-chair of the GMG Working Group on Migration, Human Rights and Gender, has led the development of a set of principles and guidelines on the human rights protection of migrants in vulnerable situations.

Migrants who fall outside the specific legal category of "refugee" may find themselves in vulnerable situations because of the reasons for leaving the country of origin, the circumstances in which they travel or the conditions they face on arrival, or because of personal characteristics such as their age, gender, disability or health status.

The GMG Principles and Guidelines provide guidance to States (and other stakeholders as relevant) on how to operationalize the international human rights law framework and related standards in such situations.

GMG Principles and Guidelines, supported by  practical guidance, on the human rights protection of migrants in vulnerable  situation Principles and Guidelines, supported by practical guidance, on the human rights protection of migrants in vulnerable situations - English (PDF).

The Principles and Guidelines are supplemented by an inventory of "practical guidance". This document is regularly updated with examples of good and promising practices on the human rights protection of migrants in vulnerable situations. Practical guidance (March 2018) - English (Word)

The Principles and Guidelines were developed through a 2-year multi-stakeholder and participatory process, which was open to the involvement of all relevant actors. OHCHR, as co-chair of the GMG Working Group, has engaged with States, experts from the UN System, UN human rights mechanisms, the academia, civil society, national human rights institutions and regional organisations. 

The drafts of the Principles and Guidelines, which were circulated for comments, are available here.

The Human Rights Council has considered the GMG Principles and Guidelines at its 34th session, as progress report (A/HRC/34/31 and A/HRC/34/CRP.1) and at its 37th session, as final report (A/HRC/37/34 and A/HRC/37/34/Add.1).