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Course on Human Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families

Date and time

2010.02.03 to 2010.04.20, 5:00 AM to 5:00 AM


Human Rights of Migrants, Migrant Workers and Their Families
The Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is conducting a distance-learning course on Human Rights of Migrants, Migrant Workers and Their Families from 3 February to 20 April 2010.

This distance learning course explores the human rights of migrants under international law, concentrating on the application of these international legal regimes on migrants and their families, both regular and irregular. It will commence with the participants acquiring a firm understanding of the current definitions and issues relating to the human rights of migrants. The course will proceed to provide a comprehensive overview of the distinct but over-lapping international legal regimes on migration and explore the extent and limits of state sovereignty on migration issues. The bulk of the course will be devoted to examining each of these international legal regimes and how they protect the rights of migrants and their families. The course will also assimilate the current discussions on migration management from the perspective of human rights advocacy. Throughout the course a strong gender-perspective is integrated in all the discussions and conclusions.

The course is inter-disciplinary in its approach and draws on readings from the migration policy discourse, international relations, and international law. Knowledge of human rights and international law is beneficial, but not a prerequisite. In ten weeks of learning, discussion and interaction, an experienced course instructor will guide participants through the readings, discussions and assignments. She will provide information in form of on-line reading material, including web-casts and videos, use of external websites and in weekly "mini-lectures". The course involves approximately 50 hours of reading, on-line working groups, assignments, Internet chats and interaction among students, the instructor and invited guests, and is offered over a 11-week period beginning on 3 February 2010. The course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. Participants will do the required reading, prepare assignments, including case studies, and participate in group discussions.

Who should apply
The course is aimed at university students and graduates of international relations, international law, politics and other areas, NGO staff members, staff of international organisations, migrant rights advocates and other practitioners. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. The number of participants is limited to 25 per course. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants. It is also possible to audit the course.

The course tuition fee is €525 for residents of OECD countries* and €200 for permanent residents of non-OECD countries. Tuition for auditors is €200 for residents of OECD countries and €70 for permanent residents of non-OECD countries. There are no scholarships available for this course.

Current member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2009. Applications received after that day unfortunately cannot be accepted. Successful applicants will be notified by 7 December 2009. Full tuition payment for accepted participants is due on 31 December 2009.


525 euros


Distance learning






Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations - general, Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, and Other

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Regulation domains

Right to change employer, Right to choose place of residence, Right to unionize, Labour standards, Health and safety at work, Newcomers integration programs, Health care & social services, Access to permanent status, Free employment services, Family reunification, Legal aid, Employment insurance, Social security, Remittances and co-development programs, Trips abroad and re-entries, Recrutement / placement agencies, Housing standards, Migration expenses reimbursement mechanisms, Impartial hearing before deportation, and Status regularization procedures

Geographical focuses

America - North, European Union, Canada, United States, Ontario, Alberta, México, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, Middle East, Africa - North , America - Central & Caribbeans, America - South, Africa - Subsaharian, Europe Non-EU, and Federal