Human mobility now occupies a prioritised space in policy and agenda-setting discourse in the 21st century, and its inclusion and implementation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda has been called on by a number of international organisations and entities. This side event will address how international law can be used to frame migration and human mobility in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and support the implementation of the SDGs and other international legal regimes to address issues related to human mobility.
François Crépeau provided concluding remarks on the importance of the post-2015 agenda for ensuring the human rights of migrants and for demonstrating that the rights outlined in the SDGs apply equally to migrants.
I’ll be presenting Monday my report to the Human Rights Council: it bears on the protection of the rights of migrants at the external borders of the EU and is a follow-up of my report of 2013.
Maintaining the status quo is unsustainable as the human and resource costs associated with it are huge. Migrants lose their lives or if they survive they experience inexplicable suffering, exploitation and the violation of a series of rights. Furthermore, significant resources are lost through member states investing into an ineffective system that overwhelmingly focuses on securitisation and not maximising the opportunities offered by migration at a time of significant demographic, economic and social challenges in the EU.
Distinguished Lecture and Open Discussion with Prof. François Crépeau, Oppenheimer Professor of International Law at McGill University (Montreal) and UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants.
Francois Crepeau, hosted by the Gates Foundation, spoke on ‘The Inception of a Global Migration Governance Framework’, Friday 5th June, 2015, organised by doctoral researchers Fabrice Longronget, Olimpia Squillaci and Andrea Binder.
A panel discussion with:
Professor François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants
Martin Baldwin-Edwards, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Middlesex University
Professor Alexander Betts, Director, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Dr. Jean-Pierre Gauci, Director People for Change Foundation Malta