International Migrant Rights & Global Justice


Migration is a global phenomenon, and NNIRR emphasizes the need for international efforts and cooperation to effectively respond to the broader challenges around immigration and address "root causes."

Since the mid 1990's, NNIRR has actively worked to build relationships and strengthen networks between migrant communities and migrants rights movements around the world. In 1994, NNIRR participated as a founding member of the global network now known as Migrants Rights International. NNIRR also became a founding member of the Global Coalition on Migration, a multi-sector alliance that grew out of MRI's advocacy, as well as the Women in Migration Network, which brings a gender analysis and perspective to the global migration debate.

Read Alliance of Alliances - Building Civil Society Convergences Around Global Movements for Migrant Rights

NNIRR also monitors and disseminates information around international policy developments, and engages in direct international policy advocacy.

Issues and Initiatives: 

  • International Migrants' Rights Advocacy: Through 2018, a priority among global civil society advocates was the completion of the Global Compact on Migration. NNIRR has participated in the monitoring, intervening and advocacy through inter-governmental bodies such as the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and other UN and inter-governmental agencies. Along with global civil society artners, NNIRR also participated in civil society's contribution to the development of guidelines for the Migrants in Countries in Crisis initiative of the International Organization for Migration. NNIRR has also regularly co-organized the People's Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA) as a grassroots people's response to governmental summits on migration.
  • Advancing Human Rights at International Borders: NNIRR has participated with other civil society groups in support of an initiative at UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to draft a document focused on rights at borders. Recommended Principles and Guidelines for Human Rights at international Borders was released at the UN in New York on Oct. 22, 2014, and NNIRR spoke at the launch event at the UN the following day. See our resource page here.
  • Ratification of the UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families: NNIRR has long supported the universal ratification of this convention, also known as the Migrant Workers Convention (MWC). We are now asking for all of members, friends and allies to join us in committing to its ratification by the US government. We will be initiating steps to seek official consideration, while prioritizing public awareness of the importance of the Convention in affirming the human rights of all migrants, regardless of immigration or citizenship status. Join with us by signing our Call for Support of the MWC.
  • International Migrants Day: NNIRR has promoted and coordinated advocacy for International Migrants Day, December 18, since its inception in 2000. See our subsection here for background information, downloadable material and links to other resources.