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In recent years, thousands of African migrants have crossed illegally into Israel along its border with Egypt, which stretches for 250km (155 miles). The Israeli government has now started building a huge barrier, costing more than $370m (£230m) to try to stem the flow. The BBC's Wyre Davies reports from the border.
There is much optimism about how the vast sums they send home could help finance development but weak international protection leaves migrant workers at risk of abuse
Saturday marked the unhappy 20th anniversary of the UN convention on the rights of migrants and their families. After two decades, only 44 countries are party to the convention, which remains one of the least ratified of the core human rights treaties.
New ITUC report : from Bahrain to Malaysia : Mobilising to Defend Migrants ‘Rights
17 décembre 2010 : To mark International Migrants Day, the ITUC is condemning the violations of migrant workers' rights taking place all over the world. Migrants, most of whom work in the most precarious, least protected sectors, are feeling the full force of the current economic crisis and deterioration of job markets. The ITUC is calling on the governments of destination countries to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
On the eve of International Migrants Day, a delegation of international, European and Belgian civil society organizations and trade unions delivered a petition to the Belgian EU Presidency urging the EU Member States to ratify the UN Migrant Workers Convention.