As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the International Convention for the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Their Families, and towards the end of an extraordinary year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, Education International urges governments to protect and empower people respect rights of all migrants, including children, youth, teachers and staff in support of education.
Today, an estimated 272 million people are international migrants, two-thirds of whom are migrant workers1 who have left their homes in search of dignity, opportunity and security. The Covid-19 pandemic has worsened respect for rights and conditions in a world already marked by acute inequalities. Marginalized groups, including migrant workers, their families and communities, are hard hit by this multi-dimensional crisis.
Almost 1.6 billion children and young people around the world suffered from the largest disruption of education in history. There is evidence that the closure of educational institutions may have widened the performance gap between students with and without disadvantaged backgrounds, including children and youth with a migrant background. Such inequalities have affected the ability of immigrant students to benefit from distance learning due to connection problems, interruption of school-based services (including language support), poor housing and physical space to study, lack of support from parents, etc. Education International urges governments to conduct equity reviews in the education sector to systematically assess the impact of full / partial closure of schools and educational institutions on the most vulnerable students, teachers and educational support staff, including those with an immigrant background / status. and urgently address the major justice issues exacerbated by the pandemic.
In addition to the vulnerabilities that emerged prior to the pandemic, migrant families and communities are more likely to be affected by the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, as migrant workers are over-represented in the most affected employment sectors (e.g. housework, hospitality, cleaning and Care) and rather precarious and fixed-term contracts. They are often unable to organize and negotiate, and lack social protection and income security. Thirty years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the International Convention for the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Their Families (C143) remains one of the least ratified human rights treaties. With the start of the formal review of the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2018 Education International urges governments to protect the dignity and rights of migrant workers by ratifying and applying ILO Convention 143 and other relevant international labor standards, as well as introducing migrant workers and their families, regardless of their migration status, to COVID-19 policy Include economic recovery and plans.