Denying Demand for Migrant Labor Feeds Hate of Migrants

That’s what Jorge Bustamante says in the summary of his first annual report as U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Migrants.

The Special Rapporteur also refers to the fact that reluctance to recognize the demand for the labour of migrant workers, which is a common factor among host countries, acquires heuristic importance when it becomes clear that there is some relationship between that reluctance and the appearance of anti-immigrant ideologies often tinged with xenophobia and racism. Denial of demand is an important issue as it is one of the main factors that leads to irregular migration, a situation at the core of much of the abuse and numerous human rights
violations suffered by migrants.

By the way, it is the charge of the Special Rapporteur, “To request and receive information from all relevant sources, including migrants themselves on violations of the human rights of migrants and their families;”

See Reports of the Special Rapporteur for Migrant Rights (2006)

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