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U.N. expert on migrants says EU lacks vision

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 01:23

A United Nations human rights expert has harsh words for the European Union in its handling of the migration crisis. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The United Nations wants Europe to get its act together. The ports of Greece are still overflowing with refugees and migrants, and little has been done to ease the burden. While the daily arrival numbers dropped in April after a deal struck between the EU and Turkey, there are still deep concerns about the future. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS, FRANÇOIS CRÉPEAU, SAYING: "I think that there is a lack of vision at EU level." UN Human rights expert Francois Crepeau says the EU needs to do much more. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS, FRANÇOIS CRÉPEAU, SAYING: "There is no long-term, human rights-based migration policy that will include all aspects of migration and mobility and refugee protection." Crepeau just spent five days meeting with government officials, international organizations and migrants. Among his most startling finds was the conditions for children. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS, FRANÇOIS CRÉPEAU, SAYING: "Children should not be detained. Period. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has determined that administrative detention can never, ever, be in the best interest of the child. Period." But there are few other options on the table, so these refugees and migrants are likely to remain waiting until someone decides otherwise.

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U.N. expert on migrants says EU lacks vision

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 01:23