Irregular migrants fear state violence

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Migrants who enter other countries illegally in search of work fear the violence perpetrated by governments most, according to a United Nations independent human rights expert.

François Crépeau, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants participated in a debate on the issue on Tuesday during the session of the UN Crime Commission taking place in Vienna, Austria.

Mr. Crépeau says states believe that their territorial sovereignty gives them the power to treat irregular migrants without any constraints.

This, he says, is what makes irregular migrants fear what governments do to them most.

"Yes there are criminals out there, traffickers, smugglers who do all sorts of bad things, but what migrants fear most is to be arrested, detained for a long period, (and) sent back to situations of poverty or of violence and persecution. And host states and transit states have in the past two or three decades had increasingly violent policies towards irregular migration in particular."

 (Duration: 28")

François Crépeau says the discourse about migrants should change and migrants should not be presented as invaders, people who are stealing jobs and bringing health hazards.

The expert suggests that states should also acknowledge that migrants go to other countries because there is a labour market calling for them in those countries.

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