Duncan Lewis


Asylum, Detention/ Fast Track

Managed Migration, Public Law

UN migration representative calls for EU member states to adopt more open polices for migration

Date: (25 June 2012)    |    

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Peter Sutherland the UN’s special representative for migration has said that EU should ensure that its member states adopted multiculturalism to make the union prosper.
He also suggested that the UK government's immigration policy had no basis in international law. He was being questioned by the Lords EU home affairs sub-committee which is investigating global migration.
Mr Sutherland, is the non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International and a former chairman of oil giant BP, and heads the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which brings together representatives of 160 nations to share policy ideas.
He told the House of Lords committee that migration was an important force for economic growth for some EU nations but was a difficult concept to explain it to the citizens of those states.
Citing the case of Germany and other southern EU states he said that the native population in these countries were ageing or declining which strengthened his argument and, he hesitated to bring it forward because people have attacked it.
He said that just as the UK has demonstrated it was necessary that states had to become more open states in terms of the people who inhabit them.
Giving evidence to the Lords committee, he urged EU member states to work together more closely on migration policy.
He criticised the UK's attempt to cut net migration from its current level to 'tens of thousands' a year through visa restrictions.
British higher education chiefs want non-EU overseas students to be exempt from migration statistics and say visa restrictions brought in to help the government meet its target will damage Britain's economic competitiveness.
Mr Sutherland, who has attended meetings of The Bilderberg Group, a top level international networking organisation often criticised for its alleged secrecy, called on EU states to stop targeting 'highly skilled' migrants, stating that individuals the most basic level should have a freedom of choice' about whether to come and study or work in another country.