A young refugee girl sleeping on the ground.
  A young woman sleeping on the ground in a park, where migrants have found temporary shelter in the Serbian capital Belgrade. A record number of refugees streamed into EU member state Hungary from Serbia last week, just days before Hungary completes a border fence to keep out migrants. Credit: AFP

This is Europe’s opportunity to become a trailblazer in migration policies

Blog post by François Crépeau
27 August, 2015

Asia is following very closely what Europe does to cope with the “migration crisis”. Whatever solutions Europeans adopt risk being imitated elsewhere. Choosing unprincipled and incoherent policies will spur the same kind of treatment in other regions of the world where migration pressures are high.

Europe has the opportunity to become a trailblazer in adopting migration policies based on a forward-looking conception of human rights and mobility: a unified refugee determination system could be part of it.

Or Europe can revert to its old demons of repression, discrimination and border closures, in which case many other countries will probably follow suit and we’ll have to wait for another generation to acknowledge that we now live in a globalized world based on mobility and diversity.

To know more, we encourage you to read the article ”Call for unified system to deal with asylum-seekers” published in The Straits Times.

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