'Walls and tear gas won't stop migrants', UN rapporteur

'Democratic borders are porous by nature'

25 August, 13:32

    (ANSAmed) - GENEVA, AUGUST 25 - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, called on the European Union Tuesday to establish a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy with mobility as its central tenet. ''Building fences, using tear gas and other forms of violence against migrants and asylum seekers, detention, withholding access to basics such as shelter, food or water and using threatening language or hateful speech will not stop migrants from coming or trying to come to Europe,'' he said in a statement issued in Geneva. Underscoring that migration ''is here to stay'', he added that ''territorial sovereignty is about controlling the border, knowing who comes in and who leaves. It has never been about sealing the border to migration'' ''Democratic borders are porous by nature. Providing migrants and asylum seekers with legal and safe mobility solutions will ensure such a control,'' he said.(ANSAmed).

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