Under international law, migrants have rights by virtue of their humanity. International human rights instruments, or treaties and documents such as declarations, are of general application and therefore apply to migrants. There are also a number of international instruments that specifically intend to address the protection of migrants. In addition, recent attention has been drawn to the obligations of states, under international human rights law, towards dead and missing migrants (Grant, 2016). Migrant rights may be evaluated by measuring the rights granted to migrants in principle or in practice. The former is relatively straightforward and looks at international and regional treaty ratifications and countries’ legal documents to protect migrants, while the latter requires looking at implementation of rights, or if migrants’ rights are actually upheld and exercised. Measuring the rights granted to migrants in practice is limited by a lack of data, information, resources, and the large number of rights relevant to migrants.
10 of the coolest visualizations of migration data
The increasingly complex landscape of international migration data requires visual tools that explain migration issues and trends in an easy-to-understand way. Jasper Tjaden, Data and Survey Officer at IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, shares 10 "cool" visualizations or vizs on migration data that strike an impressive balance between art, communication and migration information.
How Blockchain can benefit migration programmes and migrants
Advances in technology often drive changes in how data and information are collected, used and managed. The advent of Blockchain technology, in particular, has impacted various fields; in the field of migration and asylum, the use of Blockchain is emerging. Solon Ardittis, Managing Director of Eurasylum and co-editor of "Migration Policy Practice", explains Blockchain's merits, use and the potential benefits it can bring to different migration and asylum programmes.