Shrinking the Justice Hole: Rethinking Entry to Justice for Migrants within the International South – Dialogue Paper, March 2023 – World


Caroline Nalule, Heaven Crawley and Diana Zacca Thomaz

Extending Entry to Justice for Migrants within the International South

A brand new UNU-CPR dialogue paper explores how ‘entry to justice’ might be prolonged to migrants within the International South – an idea acknowledged by the United Nations as integral to supply of the Sustainable Growth Objectives, inclusive development, and the dedication to leaving nobody behind.

All over the world there stays a widespread ’international justice hole’ – roughly two-thirds of the world’s inhabitants lack significant entry to justice – and the issue is especially acute for migrants, lots of whom face financial, social, cultural, linguistic, structural, institutional, and at instances, authorized boundaries, to accessing justice.

No matter their nationality or causes for transferring, migrants take pleasure in the identical elementary human rights as all human beings underneath worldwide human rights legislation. For a few of those that resolve to cross a global border, migration is a constructive and empowering expertise. But for a lot of others, the dearth of rights-based methods of migration governance – or the lack to entry such methods the place they exist – is making a human rights disaster at borders and in nations of origin and vacation spot.

The paper, entitled ‘Shrinking the Justice Hole: Rethinking Entry to Justice for Migrants within the International South,’ emphasizes the significance of approaching entry to justice as half and parcel of a broader agenda for social justice. It explores the sorts of injustices migrants face of their on a regular basis lives, considers whether or not these injustices might be attributed to particular relations and actors or to structural types of oppression and inequality, and builds on current analysis to stipulate how the worldwide justice hole might be addressed for migrants (and different marginalized teams).

The paper proposes an method that entails migration analysis and coverage interventions that centre migrant views and experiences; an acknowledgment of types of justice that lie past formal authorized and judicial state buildings; efforts that handle associated structural inequalities; and initiatives that construct solidarity amongst migrants and residents, being attentive to similarities of their justice and entry to justice experiences.

The proof and examples offered are drawn primarily from the six South-South migration corridors which might be the main focus of analysis being undertaken by the Migration for Growth and Equality (MIDEQ) Hub: Burkina Faso-Côte d’Ivoire, China-Ghana, Egypt-Jordan, Ethiopia-South Africa, Haiti-Brazil, and Nepal-Malaysia.

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