Hundreds of migrants die in a shipwreck in Europe

Published: 20 April 2015


EU foreign ministers met on Monday under pressure to produce more than words to save migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, as the first bodies were brought on shore of hundreds feared killed in a shipwreck while trying to reach Europe.



Francois Crépeau
professor, Faculty of Law, McGill
Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

“Europe needs to create innovative mobility avenues that will incentivize migrants to avoid having recourse to smugglers:

  • On the one hand, it should adopt a massive resettlement policy over the coming five to six years to respond all the Syrians and Eritreans in need of durable solutions for themselves and their children, just as was done for many Indochinese three decades ago.
  • On the other, it must acknowledge its low-wage labour market needs and quickly open many more legal migration avenues for a much greater number of migrants at all skills levels.”

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