widenews desk: Two United Nations human rights experts said ‘Migration governance cannot be only about closing borders and keeping people out’ calling on UN member states to develop long-term strategies and policies to facilitate rather than restrict migration.
“A fundamental shift in the way migration is perceived and framed is needed,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, and the Chair of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, Jose S Brillantes.
“We must regulate mobility by opening regular, safe, accessible and affordable migration channels. We must also promote integration and celebrate diversity,” the UN experts were quoted as saying in a message received here from New York on Monday.
They said present migration policies remain short-sighted, focusing on attempts to stop migrants or extract as much labour for as little pay as possible.
The experts noted, “As they do for energy, agricultural, transport or environmental policies, States need to develop a long-term strategic vision of how they see their migration and mobility policies and practices in a generation from now.”
In order to reduce the vulnerability of migrants and empower migrants to fight for their rights, Crépeau and Brillantes called for appropriate public consultations and debate, inclusive of migrants’ voices, for States to forge a shared understanding of the need of regular, safe, accessible and affordable mobility channels.
“We see the Global Compact on migration as a first step in this direction,” they said.
The experts expressed the hope that that the two-year process for developing the UN Global Compact on migration will produce a long-term strategy to facilitate mobility – as outlined in target 10.7 of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (SDG).