Migration to Europe is an ancient and wide phenomenon which has accelerated in speed and scale in recent times. Although migrants are not expressly mentioned in the European Convention on Human Rights, they, as every human being, are entitled to human rights protection. Migrants are people who move from their country of usual residence or nationality to another country. A migrant may move for economic or educational reasons, to flee from natural disasters caused by climate change or to escape persecution, human rights abuses, threats to life or physical integrity, war and civil unrest. This handbook is intended as a tool for legal practitioners (lawyers, judges, public officials, human rights defenders) to better understand the European human rights of migrants and the means to claim their respect or implementation at the national and international levels.
© Council of Europe, February 2013 - Yannis Ktistakis