Born into displacement: Palestinian children’s struggle for rights on World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day, commemorated annually on June 20, honours the anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees—a cornerstone of modern refugee law. Yet, for Palestinians, their displacement predates even this foundational legal framework, and their rights as refugees differ from most other groups. Palestinians represent the largest stateless demographic worldwide and […]

How universal are refugee rights? Insights from new data analysis

It is generally accepted that all individuals, regardless of their nationality or place of residence, possess fundamental rights simply by virtue of being human. This principle of ‘universality’ is the cornerstone of modern international human rights law. While refugee rights are primarily codified in a separate branch of international law—built around the 1951 Geneva Convention—the […]

An ethical tightrope? Balancing humanitarianism and equity in healthcare for irregular migrants

Civil society organisations (CSOs) play a key role in helping irregular migrants access health services, but in doing so, they walk an ethical tightrope. On one hand, driven by humanitarian impulses, they strive to alleviate suffering and provide essential health services. On the other, by stepping in where governments fail, they risk perpetuating inequities in […]

How to Measure the Rights of Irregular Migrants?  The Case for Implied Rights

Irregular migrants – those without the legal right to reside and work in host countries – are among the individuals most vulnerable to labour market exploitation and fundamental rights abuses. Developing effective policy solutions to address this reality requires, among other things, a better understanding of the current context of legal rights protections for irregular […]