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This portal is designed for The 2010/2011 Global Debates, a year-long initiative of the International Debate Education Association, in partnership with The United Nations Foundation and National Forensic League. The event was developed to give high school students and their teachers an opportunity to engage in critical debate on pressing international issues. Interested high school students can register here.

The topic for the 2011 Spring campaign is: All states should immediately ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families.

The topic for the 2010 Fall campaign was: Nations of the world should increase protection of the economic and social rights of migrants

Click on the above topic links to research the many arguments and quotations involved. In addition, we've compiled the below resources for broader background research.

Topic background

The topic of increasing rights and protections for migrants has become increasingly relevant and heated in recent years. The number of international migrants around the world has more than doubled since the 1960s to an estimated 214 million, according to the U.N. International Labor Organisation (ILO). As a result of this phenomena, as well as the common vulnerability and exploitation of migrants, The United Nations Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was signed in 1990 and entered into force in 2003. The Convention represents a comprehensive international treaty regarding the protection of migrant workers’ rights. Many nation states have signed, but most are countries of origin of migrants. No Western migrant-receiving state has ratified the Convention, even though the majority of migrants live in Europe and North America. Other important receiving countries, such as Australia, Arab states of the Persian Gulf and India have not ratified the Convention either. One of the questions framing this debate, therefore, is whether all states should ratify the treaty, and there are many organizations and international campaigns dedicated to this cause. And while this could be a focus in the Global Debates, other ideas can be debated as well, such as a new international organization dedicated to the protection of migrant rights and a "right to freedom of movement." We hope these resources prove useful to whatever case you are making in The Global Debates. And, you can find even more tools and resources on The Global Debates website.

Wikipedia background resources

International bodies and conventions

Migrant rights organizations and NGOs

Reports, news, and op-eds

LGBT migrant rights orgs


Additional migration issues

These are notable concepts surrounding global migration, although not arguments surrounding the topic.

See also

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