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CMW considers report of Paraguay
Date: 18/04/2012 - 10:40
The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families today completed its consideration of the initial report of Paraguay on its implementation of the provisions of the International Convention on the Protection of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.
Presenting the report Juan Buffa, Director of the Directorate of Paraguayan Communities Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, said the Government of Paraguay believed that migration should have a human rights-centred approach, which included the right to choose whether or not to migrate. The global financial crisis had caused restrictions and some repressive policies for migrants. However developed countries were not the only destination for migrants; migration could be an option for everyone. Paraguay placed migration at the centre of its policy-making and public opinion. Approximately one person in ten left Paraguay, young people formed the largest migratory group, and more than 80 per cent of Paraguayan migrants lived in Brazil and Argentina. In 2009 Paraguay joined the MERCOSUR (Common Market of the South) migrant regularization programme, which had already benefited 12,000 irregular immigrants.
Committee Experts asked questions about consular and embassy services for Paraguayan migrants living abroad, and measures to ensure they had official papers and were registered to vote in domestic elections, about the regularization process, actions to tackle trafficking in persons, expulsion measures, labour conditions for migrant workers, the protection of the children of migrants and the vulnerability of indigenous peoples.
In concluding remarks, Francisco Carrión Mena, the Committee member acting as Country Rapporteur for the report of Paraguay, said Paraguay had taken several positive steps in implementing the Convention, especially on a human rights level, and notably including awareness-raising of the migratory phenomenon in a global context. Issues Paraguay could improve included acquisition of statistics, the vulnerability of indigenous groups, monitoring migratory flows and strengthening of institutional support for migrants from a human rights standpoint.
The delegation of Paraguay included representatives from the Directorate for Paraguayan Communities Living Abroad, the Directorate for Migration, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Home Affairs, the Human Rights Directorate and the Permanent Mission of Paraguay to the United Nations Office at Geneva.
The next public meeting of the Committee will take place at 3 p.m. afternoon when it will begin consideration of the initial report of Tajikistan (CMW/C/TJK/1).
Report of Paraguay
The initial report of Paraguay can be read via the following link: CMW/C/PRY/1
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