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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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Labor Emigration and Rights Abroad

Labor Emigration and Rights Abroad

The Perspectives of Migrants and Their Countries of Origin

(p.122) Chapter 6 Labor Emigration and Rights Abroad
The Price of Rights

Martin Ruhs

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how high-income countries' restrictions of labor immigration and migrant rights affect the interests of migrants and their countries of origin, and how migrants and sending countries have engaged with these restrictions in practice. Labor immigration policies are “made” in receiving countries, but they have important consequences for migrants and their countries of origin. The chapter first provides an overview of the interrelationships between labor emigration, rights, and human development before discussing how migrant workers and their countries of origin respond to the trade-off between openness and rights in practice. Given that the human development of people is multidimensional and includes more considerations than just access to legal rights, it is not surprising to see migrant workers making “sacrifices” in some dimensions of development in exchange for advancing others.

Keywords:   high-income countries, migrant rights, migrants, sending countries, labor immigration policies, receiving countries, labor emigration, human development, migrant workers, openness

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