COVID-19 and social and economic rights of migrants in Mali: Analysis of 4Mi data collected in Mali between July 2020 and January 2021 (January 2022) – Mali


This report has been prepared as part of a joint UNODC-OHCHR initiative (PROMIS) aimed at promoting a human rights-based response to the smuggling of migrants and responding to human rights violations related to irregular migration in West Africa. The report was initiated by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Regional Office for West Africa (OHCHR WARO) and produced by the Mixed Migration Center based on 4Mi data collected from migrants in Mali.

While acknowledging the range of human rights concerns related to migrants in an irregular situation, this analysis specifically exposes the challenges faced by migrants in relation to economic and social rights in the context of COVID-19. 19. This analysis will inform the actions of OHCHR and will also serve as a basis for future activities of the PROMIS project, a joint initiative of UNODC and OHCHR aimed at promoting a human rights-based response to migrant smuggling and responding effectively human rights violations linked to irregular migration in West Africa.

The analysis also aims to provide reliable data to follow up on two 2018 UPR recommendations relating to migrants, both of which were supported by Mali and inform upcoming reviews of Mali by the Committee on the Rights of Migrant Workers. .1 Ultimately, the overall objective is to inform the Government of Mali, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), civil society organizations and other stakeholders of the analysis of the immediate obstacles and to longer term that prevent migrants from enjoying economic and social rights in Mali. This analysis aims to feed into the upcoming Common Country Analysis (CCA) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

The analysis is based on primary data collected in Mali through 4Mi, which is the Centre’s flagship primary data collection system on mixed migration, an innovative approach that helps fill knowledge gaps and shed light on policies and responses regarding mixed migratory movements.

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