Report highlights challenges migrant workers & refugees face in exercising rights to freedom of association, peaceful assembly & expression, including harassment & deportation

"Freedoms on the Move: The Civic Space of Migrant Workers and Refugees", October 2019

 ...this study sought to understand...the main challenges faced by migrant workers and refugees in exercising their rights to the fundamental freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression...

...a majority of migrant workers and refugees are not actively exercising their rights of association, peaceful assembly and expression...One likely reason...is that many...lack sufficient knowledge of host country and international laws...

 ...Perceived barriers to the exercise of the freedom of association vary...but overall, in the case of migrant workers, harassment or pressure from employers emerges as the main obstacle...For refugees, the lack of resources is highlighted...

... for the factors that influence the freedom of peaceful assembly...participants believe...the police do not do enough to protect them when they protest...Among migrant workers, the biggest deterrents...are direct or perceived threats of deportation or detention...

...The main barriers identified to the exercise of the freedom of expression are language difficulties, lack of access to information, police activity, threat of deportation or detention, harassment, threat of expulsion from work and media censorship...research findings also suggest that gender is a key variable that affects access to rights...

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