Argument: Migrant Rights Convention allows for sovereign control of migration
- Debate: UN Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families
- Debate: Nations should increase economic and social protections for migrants
Article 79 of The United Nations Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families provides that “[n]othing in the present Convention shall affect the right of each State Party to establish the criteria governing admission of migrant workers and members of their families”. Such a broad statement allows for the robust exercise of sovereign decision-making on the criteria for immigration. Migrant-receiving states should rest assured that they will have the flexibility necessary to adjust their policies to deal with their specific migration issues.