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Management Versus Rights: Women's Migration and Global Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Tanya Basok
  • Nicola Piper


The global governance of labor migration reflects two major trends: one supports neoliberal migration management priorities and another addresses human rights, with the latter subordinated to the former. This subordination of human rights to other, market-related, priorities parallels global governance priorities in general. While some international organizations address the need for protection of migrant rights, their specific on-the-ground programs do not match the rhetoric. This study demonstrates this disconnection on the basis of an analysis of interviews with representatives of global governance institutions and international nongovernmental organizations conducted between 2007 and 2010 in the Latin American and Caribbean region and at the headquarters of relevant international organizations in Geneva. Furthermore, the study argues that because the discourse on migrant women's rights and their labor exploitation is framed predominantly in the context of trafficking, little headway is made in advancing migrant women's labor and social rights.

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  • Tanya Basok & Nicola Piper, 2012. "Management Versus Rights: Women's Migration and Global Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(2), pages 35-61, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:18:y:2012:i:2:p:35-61 DOI: 10.1080/13545701.2012.690525

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