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Part II The Treaty Regimes of International Migration Law, 4 Migrant Workers

From: International Migration Law

Vincent Chetail

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 July 2024

Migration — Right to just and favourable conditions of work — Right to work — International law and international relations

This chapter analyses the conventions adopted under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) that deal specifically with migrant workers. Migrant workers are governed by three specialized treaties at the universal level. Two of them have been concluded under the auspices of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1949 and 1975, whereas the most recent and comprehensive one, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (ICRMW), was adopted within the UN in 1990. Although each of them has been conceived as a distinct treaty, their respective content provides a complementary and mutually reinforcing legal framework. When taken together, the two ILO Conventions and the ICRMW can be viewed as establishing an international charter of migrant workers that lays down a comprehensive normative framework on a broad variety of issues, including, most notably, the definition and rights of migrant workers as well as inter-state cooperation on labour migration.

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