The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration

Author
Susan Gzesh
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Journal on Migration and Human Security
Volume
2
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
January 2014
Institution
Center for Migration Studies of New York
Abstract
International human rights are "inalienable, indivisible, and universal." One cannot bargain away one's rights ("inalienable"); human rights are a whole with economic rights and civil rights being inter-dependent ("indivisible"); and human rights do not depend on citizenship or membership in a nation state ("universal"). A human being does not lose his or her human rights by crossing a border. However in state regulation of the entrance and stay of temporary migrant workers, the ideal of universal human rights clashes with the prerogatives of sovereignty and power.
Topic
Human Rights, Immigration
Political Geography
United States