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The Price of RightsRegulating International Labor Migration$
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Martin Ruhs

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691132914

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691132914.001.0001

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The Human Rights of Migrant Workers

The Human Rights of Migrant Workers

Why Do So Few Countries Care?

(p.13) Chapter 2 The Human Rights of Migrant Workers
The Price of Rights

Martin Ruhs

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines why so few countries have ratified international legal instruments for the protection of the rights of migrant workers. The existing literature has identified a host of legal issues and complexities as well as a lack of campaigning and awareness of the United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers (CMW) and other international conventions as key factors. The chapter argues that the primary explanation for the low level of ratifications of international migrant rights conventions lies with the effects of granting or restricting migrant rights on the national interests of migrant-receiving countries. It concludes by conceptualizing migrant rights as a subset of citizenship rights and suggests that policy decisions about the regulation of the rights of different types of migrant workers are, in practice, an integral part of nation-states' overall labor immigration policies.

Keywords:   international migrant rights, migrant workers, migrant rights, migrant-receiving countries, citizenship rights, nation-states, labor immigration policies, Convention on Migrant Workers

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