How far do moral values shape the legal terminology used in international conventions concerning migrant workers?

Sonmez Efe, Sureyya (2019) How far do moral values shape the legal terminology used in international conventions concerning migrant workers? In: Current Challenges in Migration Policy and Law. Transnational Press, UK. ISBN 978-1-910781-77-7

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The international labour migration is arguably one of the most contentious areas of politics of migration. The states’ policies are usually dominated by the terminology that adopt ‘restrictive approach’ to admissions, residence, and rights of migrant workers. States' unwillingness for taking a rights-based approach to labour migration arguably contributes to this approach, which has become a globally accepted phenomenon. This paper suggests that the legal terminology concerning migrant workers adopted by international conventions plays a crucial role for states’ policies approach taken under their jurisdiction. There is a lack of unified moral approach to this issue because states are given full responsibility by the International Law to design their own immigration policies. Thus, states have freedom to use national and/or moral values when designing their policies of admissions, residence and rights of migrant workers. In this context, the paper argues that socially constructed moral values are central in creating international conventions and conceptualising the status and rights of migrant workers. Thus, the values have a grave impact on the legal terminology adopted by the international conventions and are crucial in terms of recognition the status of migrant workers and protection of their rights at state level.

Keywords:Migrant Workers, Porous Values, International Conventions, Policy
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:33758
Deposited On:28 Nov 2019 09:21

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