Migration control is not only about keeping people out – UN experts call for vision and leadership
NEW YORK (24 October 2016) – Migration governance cannot be only about closing borders and keeping people out, said two United Nations human rights experts calling on UN member states to develop long-term strategies and policies to facilitate rather than restrict migration.
“A fundamental shift in the way migration is perceived and framed is needed,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, and the Chair of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, Jose S. Brillantes. “We must regulate mobility by opening regular, safe, accessible and affordable migration channels. We must also promote integration and celebrate diversity.”
“Present migration policies remain short-sighted, focusing on trying to stop migrants or extract as much labour for as little pay as possible,” the experts noted. “As they do for energy, agricultural, transport or environmental policies, States need to develop a long-term strategic vision of how they see their migration and mobility policies and practices in a generation from now.”
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