François Crépeau, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, is urging the west to adopt a global humanitarian plan to resettle refugees and regulate migrant mobility. He spoke to Guardian Australia’s Gabrielle Jackson over Skype from Montreal – where he is a professor of law at McGill University – about the recent deaths at sea in the Mediterranean, Australia’s hardline approach to asylum-seeker policy and how the world should respond.
UN special rapporteur says inaction is creating a market for people smugglers, adding that world needs to take in a million Syrians over next five years.
Wealthy countries should agree on a comprehensive plan to take 1 million refugees from Syria over the next five years to end the unfolding series of boat disasters in the Mediterranean, the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants has urged.
François Crépeau joined the BBC World News to discuss the best ways for the European Union (EU) to address the Mediterranean migration crisis. Most importantly, the EU should step up the search and rescue efforts and develop a comprehensive resettlement program.
François Crépeau was the keynote speaker at the Tenth Annual Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights. He shared his expertise as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants on this year’s concept: Migration, Border Externalization and Access to Humanitarian Protection.
His presentation begins at 2:01:00.