20 October 2009

Winnipeg University (MB)

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"Dealing with migration as a test for our democracies"

“We are all migrants, have always been and will always be” – François Crépeau convincingly tells us. Historically, mobility is the rule, not the exception and, in any case, borders have rarely prevented people from actually moving. Our complex societies are made stronger through immigration: our cultures and collective narratives are deeply influenced by it, though they do not necessarily recognize this. In this first Trudeau Lecture held in Winnipeg, François Crépeau will address the universal nature of migrants’ rights. Migrants have fundamental rights, the same rights as anyone else, except for political rights and the right to enter and stay on the territory. Of course, since 9/11, controlling migration at the border has been made central to all security policies. Professor Crépeau points out that this focus is misplaced and aims essentially at creating a political discourse that designates a scapegoat for our fears and at justifying restrictive measures against foreigners in the name of “our” security. Can we imagine a citizenship that would be compatible with the free movement of persons through international borders? As a constant of civilization, should not mobility become a right?