François Crépeau was the keynote speaker at the CARFMS Conference of Ryerson University.
OXFORD, 11 May 2015 (IRIN) – This week promises to be an important one for Europe’s response to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean, where more than 1,800 migrants have lost their lives since the beginning of the year.
Today, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will ask the UN Security Council to pass a resolution, drafted by Britain and supported by France, Italy and Spain, which would authorise military action against migrant smugglers operating in Libyan and international waters.
Francois Crépeau is UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. He says the global north should open its borders and manage migration rather than resisting it. The alternative is more deaths in the Mediterranean and more money in the hands of smugglers. Francois Crépeau speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams.
Listen to the interview here.
Julius Okoduwa is a strong, healthy-looking thirty-year-old Nigerian man who spends most days standing outside a Carrefour supermarket in the Garbatella neighbourhood of Rome. He says little other than buongiorno or grazie bella or bello when customers drop change into the cap he holds. He tries to smile and make eye contact with people, but some days he just stands there staring straight ahead and looking utterly miserable.
The United Nations and European Union are facing off on how to stop the unprecedented number of desperate migrants crossing the Mediterranean in search of a better life.
After an emergency meeting in Brussels, the EU is seeking United Nations support for its strategy to start bombing what they believe are empty migrant boats on or near the African coast, a move they hope will stop the smugglers in their tracks. About 170,000 refugees crossed into Europe last year by boat.