Best Practices in International Migration

As part of achieving its goal of promoting human rights for migrants, the section of International Migration is launching a new project, 'Best Practices'.


The idea of a collection of Best Practices in international migration is based on the observation that carefully documented case histories can provide a source of information and inspiration for all policy makers on how to best design creative, successful and sustainable solutions to the management of migration. The project will complement the existing database on Best Practices within UNESCO and add to already existing collections of Best Practices in the field of international migration.

Best Practices are successful initiatives which have a demonstrable and tangible impact on improving people's quality of life. By calling activities for "Best Practices" it is suggested that they have potentials for replication; that other ideas can originate from them; and that they can serve as an inspiration for generating policies and initiatives elsewhere. In addition, international instruments, such as the UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families and the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, can provide terms of reference in the evaluation of a potential best practice.

The best practices collected in the first phase of the project (2003-2004) will be related to the theme "Fight against exploitative migration". The UNESCO report entitled "Searching for Best Practices to Counter Human Trafficking in Africa: A Focus on Women and Children" [PDF, 769 KB] was published in March 2005.

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