Edited by Martha F. Davis, Morten Kjaerum and Amanda Lyons
Chapter 14: Immigration, poverty and human rights
The paper explores two connections between human rights, poverty and migration. First, human rights law can offer protection to immigrants from the poverty they experience in their countries of origin and transit countries, by granting them protection from being returned to those countries. Poverty can be a form of persecution in such countries, or a reason for persecution. I will highlight the partially unfulfilled potential of international human rights to grant such protection in the Part I of the chapter and explain why international human rights has yet to offer sufficient protections. Second, human rights law can prevent migrants from living in poverty in destination countries. However, some destination countries have not fulfilled their obligations under international human rights to protect migrants in their territories from poverty, and, in some cases, actively contribute to the impoverishment of migrants for the sake of promoting restrictive immigration policies.
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