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Parliamentary questions
10 April 2014
E-004511-14
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Fernández (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families
 Answer(s) 

Only one of the UN’s ten core human rights instruments has yet to be ratified by the 28 EU Member States: the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families. Ratifying this instrument would ensure that the fundamental human rights that have already been universally recognised by the Member States were officially extended to cover migrants.

An estimated 20 million third-country nationals live in the 28 Member States. The widely documented exploitation suffered by migrant workers in the EU, their precarious working conditions and tragic recent events caused by the brutal actions of border control officers all demonstrate the current system’s inability to protect workers’ rights and the need for a common EU immigration policy that complies with international human rights standards.

Does the Commission believe that the EU Member States should ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families?

Does the Commission think it would be beneficial for the EU to adopt the principles and rights outlined in the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families as a frame of reference for a common immigration policy?

Original language of question: ESOJ C 399, 12/11/2014
Last updated: 28 April 2014Legal notice