Working paper

Human Rights Indicators for Migrants in Mexico: National Consultation Report


Rodolfo Córdova Alcaraz


Migration-related policies have been traditionally dissociated from indicators that measure their impact on the wellbeing of migrant individuals, families and communities. This is mostly explained by the fact that their underlying framework prioritizes management over outcomes. Additionally, migratory information systems have been setup to collect data on the number of people who travel between countries or those who already live in their destination countries. This prevents an effective assessment of how the policies and the resources allocated to their implementation work to ensure migrants’ human rights. The purpose of this report is to showcase some indicators with a human rights approach which the Mexican Government has agreed to mainstream in its migration information and statistics system, under the mandate of the Special Migration Program. These indicators focus on the right to education, health care and work; they are the result of an open discussion developed at the Advisory Board on Migration Policies within the Ministry of Internal Affairs, with the participation of civil society organizations and multilateral agencies. If mainstreamed as migration policy measurement tools, these indicators are expected to set a relevant global precedent to promote the positioning of migrants at the center stage of governmental actions.

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