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Every migrant has the right to participate in the civil and political life of the migrant’s community and in the conduct of public affairs. While human rights law restricts the universal right to vote and stand in elections to citizens, state practice increasingly recognizes that migrants bring special contributions to their communities and that the ability to participate in and influence one’s community is a significant part of human dignity....

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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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