MFA policy briefs on stranded migrants and detention— May 26, 2013
Migrant Forum in Asia has published two new policy briefs:
Detention of undocumented migrants in Asia.
The issue of the detention of migrants, both documented and undocumented, has been taken up by many civil society groups and migrants’ rights advocates across the world as states have become increasingly concerned with migrants entering, living, and working within their borders. While the means, mechanisms, and regulations for the detention of migrants vary from country to country, common issues persist stemming from the situation of extreme vulnerability in which migrants live, move, and work given their status as non-citizens in their countries of destination.
Growing numbers of people are migrating internationally, following increasingly complex (and sometimes clandestine) migration routes. This poses unique human rights and policy challenges for governments and intergovernmental agencies. Many migrants fall outside of the traditional classifications of “economic migrant,” “refugee,” and “asylum seeker”—definitions used to categorically determine what (if any) assistance or protection can be provided to them. The phenomenon of “mixed migration” has meant that some people fall into and out of such categories throughout the course of their migrations. Of particular concern to Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) are those referred to as “stranded migrants”—migrants who become “stuck” in the course of their migration, either in transit or host countries.
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