About the Bill of Rights

The migration of human beings – whether pulled by a search for new opportunities or reunification with family; pushed by persecution, conflict, global climate change or other adversity; or both pushed and pulled by a multiplicity of 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 starts from a set of legal principles, applies those principles to the context of international migration – differentiating between rights drawn from widely-ratified international instruments and areas where progressive development of the law has begun and should continue – in a Bill of Rights. The provisions of the IMBR are sourced in a detailed set of legal commentaries.