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New Perspectives on International Migration and Development$
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Jeronimo Cortina and Enrique Ochoa-Reza

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156806

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156806.001.0001

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Protecting the Rights of Migrant Workers

Protecting the Rights of Migrant Workers

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(p.93) Chapter 4 Protecting the Rights of Migrant Workers
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New Perspectives on International Migration and Development
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Khalid Koser

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156806.003.0004

This chapter examines the legal and normative framework for protecting the human rights of migrant workers. It argues that migrant workers around the world continue to experience violence, abuse, and exploitation, in part because the framework has not always been adequately implemented due to the new dynamics generated by international migration. The chapter first outlines the scale and scope of the problem, identifying categories of migrant workers who appear to be at particular risk. It then evaluates the existing legal and normative framework, including institutional arrangements, for protecting migrant workers' rights. It suggests that gaps still exist as far as protecting the rights of migrant workers is concerned, and these gaps are particularly evident in three areas—recruitment, the temporal nature of migration, and the growth in irregular migration. It also explains how the reality of international migration colored by globalization and the transnational flow of ideas and culture have surpassed the political, economic, and social realities of countries of origin and destination. The chapter considers alternative approaches aimed at enhancing protection for the rights of migrant workers.

Keywords:   human rights, migrant workers, international migration, globalization, culture, recruitment

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