Migrants arriving on the island of Lampedusa in August 2007. Credit Sara Prestianni.

A Comment on the New York Times’ Op-Ed : ‘Open Up, Europe !’

13 mai 2015

In response to the op-ed ‘Open Up, Europe ! Let Migrants In‘ which appeared in the New York Times on May 6, 2015 :

At last, economic studies contribute to the debate and show that migration is not an economic threat for Europe, contrary to all the fantasies and stereotypes carried by the prevalent nationalist populist discourse. Legalising, facilitating, regulating and taxing mobility would be a much better answer than prohibiting and repressing migration. We should not think of mobility through international borders in very different terms as mobility within States or mobility through EU internal borders : with appropriate labour law and human rights law safeguards, mobility responds to the needs of individuals looking for jobs and facilitates an optimal allocation of skills to the needs of employers. Banking on mobility is a much more promising solution to the Mediterranean tragedy over the long term than trying to enhance Fortress Europe.

Meaningful avenues for resettlement needed

François Crépeau
5 mars 2015

The legal avenues for asylum seekers will only reduce irregular migration if they offer meaningful refugee resettlement for the large number of persons in need of protection abroad, which does not seem to be the intent at this time. Unless the announced European Agenda for Migration changes tack quite considerably, the EU is doing more of the same and continues to expect a different result.

— François Crépeau
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