Please use the following list to guide your research as you prepare for discussing the five sub- themes.
UN Human Rights Documents
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)
Migration and Development; Report of the Secretary General,
Kofi Annan. May 18, 2006.
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Office of the
High Commissioner on Human Rights, December, 16, 1966
The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights
of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families ,
Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, December
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) provides a very helpful informational
kit on the Convention on Migrant Workers, which is a great
place to get started on understanding the Convention.
about the Convention on Migrant Workers.
The Committee on Migrant Workers
Established under Article 72 of the International Convention on the
Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members
of Their Families, this
committee is mandated to monitor the implementation of the
The High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development
The High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development
will take place on September 14-15, 2006 in at the UN Headquarters
in New York. The dialogue is a result of resolution
58/208 in which the General Assembly decided to devote a high-level
dialogue to international migration and development during
its sixty-first session in 2006. The purpose of the
high-level dialogue is to discuss the multidimensional aspects
of international migration and development in order to identify
appropriate ways and means to maximize its development benefits
and minimize its negative impacts. Additionally, the high-level
dialogue should have a strong focus on policy issues, including
the challenge of achieving the internationally agreed development
goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
about the High Level Dialogue and the Secretary General’s report
on International Migration and Development, go to:
Migration and Human Rights, Stefanie Grant, Global Commission
on International Migration, September 2005
Report of the Special Rapporteur on Migrant Workers
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration. IOM works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners in an attempt to “help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.” The IOM web site is a particularly good resource for those interested in gender issues.
Commission on International Migration (GCIM)
Created by the Secretary General of the UN on December
9, 2003 with the assistance of several countries, the GCIM
has 19 independent Commissioners dedicated to thoroughly
exploring migrant issues. The GCIM website has an
abundance of research papers worth reading. In particular,
check out the GCIM report Migration
in an interconnected world: New directions for action.
International NGO Platform on the Migrant
Workers Convention (IPMWC)
The IPMWC is a coalition of non-governmental organizations set up with the aim to facilitate the promotion, implementation and monitoring of the Convention. Check out the website to read more about their mission, the members of IPMWC and their reports.
Policy Institute (Trafficking, smuggling and migrant
Pew Center for Hispanic Studies
Founded in 2001, the Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts and is a project of the Pew Research Center, a "fact tank" in Washington, DC that “provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.” The website offers a wide variety of research and surveys related to Hispanic and migrant issues in the US and around the world.
This NGO, named after International Migrant’s Day,
also offers a lot of research, as well as a list of movies
about migration worth looking at.
Other related links
The World Health Organizations (WHO)
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
- Cash Flow Fever, a documentary about one migrant family’s experiences moving from El Salvador to the US.
Labour Organization (ILO)
The following two convention, found on the ILO website, are
of particular importance:
The ILO also has great
resources on female migrant workers.
Convention 97, the Migration for Employment Convention
Convention 143, the Convention concerning Migrations
in Abusive Conditions and the Promotion of Equality of
Opportunity and Treatment of Migrant Workers
Expert Group Meeting on International Migration and Development
(New York, 6-8 July 2005)
This site contains many good background papers about migration
in different regions of the world.