'Indigenous Peoples' Rights in the Context of Borders, Migration and Displacement' : A UN Study on Indigenous Migration
In July 2019, the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) issued a study on Indigenous Peoples’ rights in the context of borders, migration, and displacement. This study addresses important contemporary challenges that Indigenous Peoples face throughout the world, such as forced displacement, discrimination, non-recognition, and restricted transnational mobilities, and contests the presumption of Indigenous Peoples as static and embedded groups. The content of the study and its analysis of the applicable legal framework deserves scholarly attention and could lead to increasing policy awareness on this underexplored area in migration research. Their mobilities raises conceptual and practical questions for forced — as well as voluntary — migration. As indigenous migration challenges the very dichotomy between international/national migration, it questions current legal categorisation and calls for different approaches to apprehend the existing legal framework. The present contribution discusses the legal framework applicable to indigenous migration, as developed in the EMRIP study, and pinpoints areas that still require further investigation.
- Leyvraz Anne-Cécile
Leyvraz, A.-C. (2020). 'Indigenous Peoples' Rights in the Context of Borders, Migration and Displacement' : A UN Study on Indigenous Migration. Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, 8(2), 24-29.