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Addressing Multiple Forms of Migrant Precarity – Beyond “Management” of Migration to an Integrated Rights-Based Approach

Date: 24 Sep 2015

At this workshop, hosted jointly by UNRISD and Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), researchers from an international consortium will present their findings from a recently concluded study of migrant precarity, looking in particular at the linkages between migration and social protection from a rights perspective.

As well as presentations of the seven papers prepared for the project, the workshop also features an interactive panel discussion with international policy makers and practitioners from UN agencies and non-governmental organizations located in Geneva, a hub for migration, social policy and human rights issues.

The project, which focused on intra-regional migration in different regions (Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia) considered policies and practice related to three key groups of migrants: 1. unaccompanied children, 2. refugees and 3. labour migrants.

Using the combined expertise of the three universities, the consortium has been able to produce a cross-regional and inter-group comparative analysis of the kind that has not yet been carried out.


Opening remarks by Nicola Piper (University of Sydney) and Katja Hujo (UNRISD)

Alexandra KaaschBielefeld University, GermanyGlobal Social Regulation: Migration, Work and Social Protection
Nicola PiperUniversity of Sydney, AustraliaRedefining a Rights-based Approach in the Context of Temporary Labour Migration in Asia
Mimi ZouChinese University of Hong Kong, PRCRegulating Illegal Work in China: Immigration Law and Precarious Migrant Status
Delali BadasuGhana University, GhanaHuman Rights Approach to Migration Management, Governance and Informal Social Protection Systems Among Chinese and Ghanaian Migrants
Hannah LewisUniversity of Leeds, UKHyper-Precarious Migrant Lives in the Global North
Bukola SalamiUniversity of Alberta, CanadaInterrogating Hierarchies of Care Worker Rights within the Changing Terrain of Immigration Policy in Canada
Jean GrugelOpen University, UKUnaccompanied Child and Adolescent Migrants in Latin America: Moving from Mapping to Right-based Policy Responses

For more information about the workshop and related projects, please email braumann[at]unrisd.org

Conference Outputs

Read the Event Brief summing up the workshop.

Working Papers

Bukola Salami, Oluwakemi Amodu and Philomena Okeke-Ihejirika: Migrant Nurses and Care Workers Rights in Canada

Mimi Zou: Regulating "Illegal Work" in China

Nicola Piper, Stuart Rosewarne and Matt Withers: Redefining a Rights-Based Approach in the Context of Temporary Labour Migration in Asia

Photo credit: "Construction Workers" by Ding Zhou (CC BY 2.0 via Flickr)