- Migration — Immigration — International law and international relations — Soft law
This introductory chapter provides an overview of the issue of migration. It first considers data and statistics to inform and objectivize the debate, and attempts to dispel the complexity of international law and migration. It then sets out the textbook’s purpose, namely to clarify the role of international law in migration by providing a comprehensive and accessible overview of the main applicable legal norms. The textbook is structured into three parts addressing respectively: (i) the origins and foundations of international migration law; (ii) the specialized treaty regimes governing the movement of persons across borders; and (iii) the role of soft law in global migration governance. Each part sheds light on one particular facet of a much broader field.