The ICRMW and the European Union

Euan MacDonald, Ryszard Cholewinski

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Conceived in the 1970s, drafted in the 1980s and opened for ratification in the 1990s, paraphrasing Pécoud and de Guchteneire (2006, p. 252), the ICRMW finally entered into force on 1 July 2003. Despite the fact that it is viewed by the OHCHR as one of the eight core international human rights treaties, to date it boasts only forty-one States Parties – by some distance the lowest ratification level of any instrument in this category currently in force. This lack of support for the Convention from the international community becomes even more striking on consideration of the fact that not one single major labour destination country has yet ratified it – even those that have otherwise exemplary records (on paper at least) of support for international and regional human rights instruments, especially the Member States of the EU.

This chapter draws heavily on a report, commissioned by UNESCO and written by the present authors, which focuses on the reasons for non-ratification of the ICRMW, and the prospects for rectifying this, in seven countries of the European Economic Area (EEA): six EU Member States (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom) and Norway. To put things in perspective, all the above states have ratified the other seven core international human-rights treaties currently in force and are, of course, parties to the ECHR.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMigration and Human Rights
Subtitle of host publicationThe United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers' Rights
EditorsRyszard Cholewinski, Paul de Guchteneire, Antoine Pecoud
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9780511811272
ISBN (Print)9780521199469, 9780521136112
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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