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Thought, conscience, and religion or belief

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Every migrant has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion and belief. This includes the right to have or adopt a religion or belief of one’s choice. The associated MRD metric examines whether the national law recognizes and protects the right of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief of migrants on an equal basis with native citizens. While most of the case countries protect this right...

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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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