MRCI Submission to the Joint Committee of Representatives of the Two Human Rights Commissions on the Island of Ireland Consultation Paper on the Migrant Workers Convention, February 2010

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) is a national, non-governmental organisation working to protect the rights of migrant workers and their families, with a specific focus on those at risk of poverty, social exclusion and discrimination. Since our foundation in 2001, MRCI has sought to promote the rights and to highlight the experiences of migrant workers who are undocumented, or at risk of becoming undocumented and those vulnerable to exploitation, including extreme forms such as forced labor and trafficking for forced labor.

MRCI advocates for the ratification of the UN Convention for the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (MWC). The MRCI has consistently called on the Irish Government to ratify the Convention in its various publications, public events, including migrant forums and press releases. A number of MRCI’s publications include specific recommendations calling for the Convention to be ratified1. MRCI welcomes the initiative of the Joint Committee to press for ratification of MWC and is in favour of the approach of the Joint Committee to use the MWC as a benchmark to measure migration law and practice.

It is the MRCI’s fundamental belief that the migration policy should be based on existing international and regional human rights instruments and mechanisms. MRCI submits that in order to ensure compliance with MWC the following policy changes are needed: