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Every migrant has the right to equal protection of the law, without discrimination. The MRD assesses equal protection by evaluating whether national law affords protection against discrimination on the basis of status as a migrant. Rights related to equal protection appear infrequently in the domestic laws of the countries. Twenty of the 36 case countries make no such prohibition; the remaining 16 countries do....

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The Migrant Rights Initiative conducts cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research on the human rights of migrants and then fosters opportunities for innovative action that reshapes the way governments treat people who cross international borders. Our Migrant Rights Database (MRD) evaluates how countries protect and implement 17 categories of rights according to 65 standardized indicators, based on the Initiative’s International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR).

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