Migration policies should protect rather than infringe human rights – Ban

Migrants are a strong force of progress in their host countries and policies should protect, not infringe their human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, calling for States to ensure their inalienable rights are not violated.

Secretary-General calls for greater protection of rights of migrants

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on countries to work together to protect migrants’ rights, adding that they are an important force with an increasing influence in the global economy.

UN rights chief welcomes shift in Australian asylum policy

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today welcomed Australia’s newly announced change in its asylum policy to allow some undocumented migrants arriving by boat – currently sent to mandatory detention – to be placed in the community on bridging visas.

General Assembly President urges end to migration myths

The President of the General Assembly today urged the world to dispel entrenched myths about immigration and focus on migrants’ contributions to economic development in countries of origin, transit and destination.