The human rights of migrants in the context of return

On 6 March 2018, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized a one-day expert meeting on the theme "The human rights of migrants in the context of return". This expert meeting sought to explore human rights protection gaps for migrants in the context of State return policies and procedures, including both forced return ('expulsion', 'deportation') as well as 'voluntary' return practices.

More than 40 experts engaged in this discussion, including academics, representatives from philanthropic and non-governmental organizations, regional networks, National Human Rights Institutions, independent experts and mandate holders of the UN system, and representatives of international humanitarian and human rights organizations. Please see the informal summary below for more information about the content and outcomes of the discussion.

In the course of the expert meeting, participants provided a wealth of research findings, academic studies, and first-hand accounts of the experiences of migrants in return procedures. These led to a number of suggestions and recommendations for further action, which have been reflected in OHCHR's Key Messages on the human rights of migrants in the context of return.

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