The Model International Mobility Convention: Finding a Path to a Better International Mobility Regime

By Michael W. Doyle and Emma Borgnäs. Published in Global Summitry.

After nearly two years of study and debate convened by the Columbia Global Policy Initiative's International Migration Project, the Model International Mobility Convention (MIMC) represents a consensus among over forty academics and policymakers in the fields of migration, human rights, national security, labor economics, and refugee law.

The MIMC provides a holistic and rights-based approach to international mobility that integrates the various regimes that seek to govern people on the move.

In addition, it fills key gaps in international law that leave many people unprotected by establishing the minimum rights afforded to all people who cross state borders—whether as visitors, tourists, students, workers, residents, entrepreneurs, forced migrants, refugees, victims of trafficking, people caught in countries in crisis, and family members—and defines their relationships to their communities of destination, origin, and transit (The Model International Mobility Convention. 2018. The Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. JTL Special Issue 56(2)).

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