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Many international human rights treaties reflect the right to family unity and protection of the family unit. The definition of ‘family’ is construed broadly in international law. Therefore, this migrant right not only implies the right of family members to live together but also extends to issues of child separation, same-sex marriage, citizenship and nationality, and protection from expulsion. The MRD focuses on measuring legal avenues that allow migrants to...

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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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