Migrants face increasingly harsh conditions around the world, from exploitation in the workplace to frequent episodes of xenophobia or racism to detention if their status is irregular, a United Nations human rights expert says.
The United Nations-sponsored convention to protect the world’s migrant workers and their families will open its first committee meeting today in Geneva, beginning its work by electing members, setting up rules of procedure and developing an agenda for the years ahead.
Marking International Migrants Day, United Nations officials today called attention to the abuses suffered by millions of people who have left their home countries, and urged greater international efforts to protect them.
Immigrants and refugees should not - and must not - be seen as a burden, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in The Hague upon the launch of a document containing 21 principles for more humane government policies to deal with migrants.
The top United Nations human rights official today called on European countries, meeting in Spain to discuss illegal immigration issues, to guarantee that asylum seekers and other migrants were portrayed fairly and without stereotypes.