United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

27 February 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 112 (b)


            [on the report of the Third Committee (A/50/635/Add.2)]

            50/175.  Respect for the right to universal
                     freedom of travel and the vital
                     importance of family reunification

      The General Assembly,

      Reaffirming that all human rights and fundamental freedoms are
universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated,

      Recalling the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights,  1/

      Stressing that, as stated in the Programme of Action of the
International Conference on Population and Development,  2/ family
reunification of documented migrants is an important factor in
international migration, and that remittances by documented migrants
to their countries of origin often constitute a very important source
of foreign exchange and are instrumental in improving the well-being
of relatives left behind,

      Recalling also its resolution 49/182 of 23 December 1994,

      1.    Once again calls upon all States to guarantee the
universally recognized freedom of travel to all foreign nationals
legally residing in their territory;

      2.    Reaffirms that all Governments, particularly those of
receiving countries, must recognize the vital importance of family
reunification and promote its incorporation into national legislation
in order to ensure protection of the unity of families of documented

      3.    Calls upon all States to allow, in conformity with
international legislation, the free flow of financial remittances by
foreign nationals residing in their territory to their relatives in
the country of origin;

      4.    Also calls upon all States to refrain from enacting, and to
repeal if it already exists, legislation intended as a coercive
measure that discriminates against individuals or groups of legal
migrants by adversely affecting family reunification and the right to
send financial remittances to relatives in the country of origin;

      5.    Decides to continue its consideration of this question at
its fifty-first session under the item entitled "Human rights

                                                          99th plenary meeting
                                                              22 December 1995


1/          Resolution 217 A (III).

2/          Report of the International Conference on Population and
Development, Cairo, 5-13 September 1994 (United Nations publication,
Sales No. E.95.XIII.18), chap. I, resolution 1, annex.

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