Democratising migration from the bottom up: the rise of the global migrant rights movement

Piper, Nicola (2015) Democratising migration from the bottom up: the rise of the global migrant rights movement. Globalizations, 12 (5). pp. 788-802. ISSN 1474-7731

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Abstract

This paper discusses the link between international migration and democratisation from an actor-oriented perspective on the basis of the mobilising efforts by key civil society actors engaged in the promotion of the rights of migrant workers through developing strategies towards movement building and by capitalising on political opportunities that have appeared on the global level. Being pitched at the global level and at organising patterns via the network form, the analytical framework developed takes as its starting point global justice perspectives and then builds upon insights from social movement and constructivist International Relations scholarship. It is argued that what is emerging are (1) movement practices in migrant rights networks which are putting forward increasingly coherent claims that transcend the conventional thinking about global governance and human rights (rights-assuming advocacy); and (2) that such practices are effectively transgressing interstate political arenas (participatory, rights-producing politics). It is on the basis of the cooperation between the 2 main protagonists, trade unions and migrant rights associations, that strategic positioning of migrant rights issues within the global policy debate is taking place, with the aim of promoting a rights-based approach (RBA) to migration and its governance. The combination of rights-producing politics and rights-assuming advocacy is expressed in the RBA to migration which involves the reframing of migrants rights as well as attempts to democratise migration governance in participatory terms.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Kevin Sanders
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2018 12:34
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2018 12:34
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5552

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