Regardless of their nationality or reasons for moving, migrants enjoy the same fundamental human rights as all human beings under international human rights law.

For some who decide to cross an international border, migration is a positive and empowering experience. Yet for many others, the lack of rights-based systems of migration governance – or the inability to access such systems where they exist - is creating a human rights crisis for migrants at borders and in countries of origin and destination.

This, in turn, undermines the potential for migration to contribute to development. Building on the findings of our research, this theme explores the ways in which access to legal remedies and justice can reduce migration-related inequalities.

Our research examines:

  • The existence of current laws and policies relating to migrants and their families and the extent to which these deliver meaningful access to rights for those who move within the corridors;
  • The experiences of different migrant groups in accessing legal remedies to secure improved outcomes (e.g. refugee protection, citizenship and nationality, employment rights)
  • The relationship between rights and inequality outcomes, identifying and testing intervention which contribute to the delivery of the SDGs.