International Migrants Bill of Rights

The International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative conducts cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research on the human rights of migrants and then fosters opportunities for action and innovation to reshape the way governments treat people who cross international borders.

The migration of human beings – whether pulled by the promise of new opportunities or reunification with family; pushed by persecution, conflict, global climate change or other adversity; or both pushed and pulled by multiple factors – is older than the organization of political communities into nation-States or the elaboration of legal norms protecting individual rights. And yet the movement and the rights of people crossing borders around the world are inadequately governed and incompletely protected by a fragmented patchwork of international institutions and norms.

To fill this gap, the Initiative developed the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR), the first and most comprehensive restatement of how the human rights of all migrants are – and must be – protected under international law, regardless of the impetus for their migration. The Initiative is also building the first global Migrants’ Rights Database, using a set of novel indicators based on the IMBR, benchmarking how States around the world reflect these international obligations towards migrants in their national law. Because norms and governance mutually reinforce one another, projects of the IMBR Initiative use interdisciplinary research to make norms and governance more effective – changing law, policy and practice to improve the lives of migrants and the integrity of their societies around the world.

At Cornell, the IMBR Initiative contributes to the Law School’s Migration and Human Rights Program and the University’s Migrations Initiative and receives support from the Law School and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.

La Carta de Derechos de los Migrantes Internacionales, Principios y Comentarios están disponibles en español.