Europe should make mobility central in migration policy UN rights expert says

“The European Union (EU) must recognize that irregular migration is a result of policies prohibiting immigration,” the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. “Such policies only serve to open a new and lucrative market for smuggling rings, which could not exist without this prohibition.”“If Europe insists on focusing most of its resources on securitization, it will fail to defeat smuggling rings,” Mr. Crépeau warned.The Rapporteur called therefore on the EU to establish a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy which makes mobility its central asset. “It is the only way in which it can reclaim its border, effectively combat smuggling and empower migrants,” the Special Rapporteur assured.More than 200,000 migrants and asylum-seekers arrived in Europe by sea in 2014, compared with 80,000 in 2013, according to current estimates. So far this year, Europe has already received over 100,000 migrants and asylum-seekers who have arrived by boat. Some frontline states report daily arrivals.“Migrants will come, no matter what,” Mr. Crépeau warned. “The EU will only be able to regain control of its borders if it banks on mobility, he insisted, noting that the overall goal would be to have most migrants using official channels to enter and stay in Europe.“The EU must develop…create innovative regulated mobility options that will incentivize most migrants and asylum seekers to avoid having recourse to smugglers,” he noted. “Instead of forcing people into mechanisms that don’t respond to their needs, we need to understand the logic of their decisions and create policies that optimally match migrants’ skills and labour market’s needs.Welcoming the new European Agenda on Migration, the Special Rapporteur noted that the figures for refugee resettlement are insufficient and the lack of open and regular channels for low skilled migrants coming to Europe is a huge oversight. “The fact is that European member States rely on cheap migrant labour working in certain sectors within their economy,” he said. “They should recognize their real labour needs, including for low-wage work: to do otherwise would reduce them to being complicit with the exploitation of migrants,” he underscored. The expert called on the EU to open up more regular migration channels and, at the same time, repress unscrupulous employers who exploit the fear of asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants to be detected, detained and deported. “Effectively implementing the employer sanction directive should be a priority,” he stressed.“Combining such policies would lead to smaller underground labour markets, less irregular border crossings, less smuggling of migrants, less loss of life at borders, less labour exploitation, and less migrants’ rights violations,” Mr. Crépeau stated.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Brock names its new VP Finance and Administration

Brian Hutchings has been named Brock’s new Vice-President, Finance and AdministrationBrock University is pleased to announce that veteran senior administrator Brian Hutchings will become its new Vice-President, Finance and Administration.Hutchings is currently a senior staff member at the Niagara Region, where he is Commissioner of Corporate Services as well as Regional Treasurer. He joined the Niagara Region in 2000 and has held numerous managerial and administrative positions.He oversees a staff of 185 in the Region’s Corporate Services department, who provide support to all regional departments, boards, agencies and commissions.Hutchings commences his role at Brock on Nov. 5. The position became vacant earlier this year when Steven Pillar left to take a senior position at Trent University. In the interim, the duties have been covered by senior administrators Tom Saint-Ivany, Joanne McKee and Barbara Sainty. The position is one of four vice-presidencies at Brock, the others being VP Academic, VP Research and VP Advancement.Brock President Jack Lightstone said the University is very pleased to welcome a seasoned administrator who has experience with large organizations, and also has deep roots in community involvement.“This is very good news,” said Lightstone. “Many of us at Brock have worked alongside Brian and other key players at the Region on various partnerships. His hard skills will serve us very well, but his values of community engagement also make him a good fit for Brock.”Hutchings said he is “very excited” to join the team at Brock.“I have been very fortunate to collaborate with a group of terrific colleagues, community partners, and Regional Councillors at Niagara Region, and I’ll always be appreciative of having that opportunity,” he said. “But life is about new challenges, and I am looking forward to working with Jack Lightstone and the team at Brock. The University has some exciting projects on the go and I look forward to contributing to their success.”A Niagara native, Hutchings is a Certified General Accountant. He is a graduate of Ridley College in St. Catharines and earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia before playing for the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League.His community involvement has included serving with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the St. Catharines and District United Way, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Board and the Lincoln Leaper Jump Rope Club. In 2003 he was named Citizen of the Year by the Grimsby Chamber of Commerce and in 2011 he received the BEC Partnership award. read more