Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants discussing policy developments in Brussels

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, visited Brussels from 2 to 5 February 2015 as follow-up of his study on the management of the external borders of the European Union published in 2013.

“2014 saw unprecedented numbers of migrants and asylum seekers risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea in the hope of a better life in Europe. Thousands did not survive the journey,” he said. “And these unprecedented numbers come at a time when there have also been strong public political debates about migrants and asylum seekers in Europe.”

“The purpose of my visit to Brussels is to continue my assessment of EU border mechanisms and approaches from a human rights perspective, looking at the impact of policy developments made in Brussels and EU member states on those migrants who arrive in Europe,” Mr Crépeau added.

During his four-day visit to Brussels, the independent expert met with a range of EU officials responsible for border management, EU member state representatives, international organisations and civil society organisations, to discuss the complex management of the EU border.

Caption: UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, speaking at a roundtable discussion in Brussels on 2 February, co-organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and PICUM to discuss the criminalisation of irregular migrants and the need for more regular channels for migration to Europe.

The Special Rapporteur will present a country mission report and a thematic report on EU border management to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2015.

He shared preliminary conclusions at a press conference on 5 February 2015 at the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC). To read the Special Rapporteur’s preliminary conclusions, click here.

To read an Open Letter by the Special Rapporteur on EU border management published in September 2014, click here.

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