Europe should accept migrants to stop smuggling

Migrants arriving on Italy's Lampedusa Island after crossing the Mediterranean on a dilapidated boat. Photo: UNHCR/F. Noy

Europe should accept migrants through official channels in an effort to stop smuggling and control their borders, a UN human rights expert has urged.

An estimated 150,000 migrants and asylum seekers arrived by sea without official papers in Europe in 2014, compared with 80,000 in 2013.

Sweden has accepted 30,000 Syrian and Eritrean migrants while Germany has taken 20,000 migrants.

UN human rights expert François Crépeau spoke to Daniel Johnson on the line from Brussels and told him that sealing international borders is impossible and that the status quo isn't sustainable.

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