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Migrant workers

Reporting guidelines

Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families

All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on Migrant Workers on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially one year after ratifying or acceding to the Convention and then every five years.

The Committee will examine each report and address its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of "concluding observations".

Guidelines for reporting to the CMW

The purpose of these reporting guidelines is to advise States parties on the form and content of their reports, to ensure reports are comprehensive and presented in a uniform manner.

Simplified reporting procedure

To ensure compliance with the calendar, the Committee may review a State party in the absence of a report, following the simplified reporting procedure in terms of Rules 33 and 34 of its Rules of Procedure (CMW/C/2). The Committee adopts a list of issues prior to reporting, which is provided to the State party concerned for a response. The replies by the State party constitute its initial or periodic report.

This procedure aims to facilitate the reporting process; strengthen the States parties’ capacity to fulfil their obligations in a timely and effective manner; provide the Committee with more targeted reports; improve the effectiveness of the treaty monitoring system by reducing the need to request supplementary information before considering a report; and to allow the Committee to plan its work advance.

The Committee may also avail itself of the simplified reporting procedure in case of non- or late-reporting States parties. In this case the State party may be reviewed by the Committee in the absence of a report and a delegation.