Impediments to ratification of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families

The main obstacles to ratification of the ICRMW revolve around the following issues (UNESCO 2003):

  • In some States where migration is limited on their territory, the Governments do not see a need to legislate.
  • The Convention is not well known and therefore not high on the political agenda.
  • Some States lack the necessary infrastructure to apply the Convention.
  • Some States do not wish international agreements to interfere with their migration policies which they view as a strictly national affair.
  • Economic instability and high unemployment prompt states to give preference to national over foreign workers.
  • Concerns regarding the need to extend protection to members of migrants’ families.
  • States do not wish to extend protection to undocumented migrants.
  • Concerns that ratification would send out a signal to potential migrants and spur immigration.