Is it necessary to change the approach in dealing with the European migrant crisis?

Aug 26, 2015
JMDI Focus area:
Migration and Local Governance
Country:
European Union Member States
In a press conference held on 24th August in Berlin, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel released a statement calling for coordinated and unified European response to tackle the migrant and refugee crisis. According to the data available, in July, more than 100 000 people mainly from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Corn of Africa managed to cross the Mediterranean.

In a press conference held on 24th August in Berlin, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel released a statement calling for coordinated and unified European response to tackle the migrant and refugee crisis. According to the data available, in July, more than 100 000 people mainly from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Corn of Africa managed to cross the Mediterranean.

Mr. François Crépeau, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants for the United Nations, has recently declared that “the moral imperative is to save migrant’s lives”. In addition, William Lacy Swing, General Director of the International Organization for Migration, urged the authorities to help migrants from a humanitarian point of view.

The General Director of the IOM congratulated the approach adopted by the European Union on prioritizing migrant’s lives. However, he also stressed the need to change the discourse governing migration. The introduction of a new scale could be a more relevant and useful approach for the better understanding of the dynamics and impacts of migration. As argued by the The Euro-deputy Karima Delli, it could be relevant to take more into consideration the work done by local authorities to address the migration challenges. Local authorities could help in the creation and implementation of more effective responses on the field.

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