I was asked to speak in the conference about migrations. What I did is, I stand up and firmly claimed that we do not have a migration crisis!
Is migration a Human Right?
While preparing for the conference I asked myself if there is a human right that grants us the possibility to move and/or migrate. I did not really remember what is stated in the official European and International documents, and as well my thoughts were kind of divided on this issue. First of all my pragmatic mind was telling me how we can have the right to migration, if this is almost impossible to achieve, having boarders, visas, with the nationalism raising, and controls and fans on the European boarders being even more protected that the ones in prisons. On the other hand side I felt that that there must be a freedom to move. If not because of the direct Human Right to migrate, at least as a possibility to guarantee many of other Human Rights — right to education, housing, employment, or being safe. And then my mind started going crazy and thinking what about the people who need to move to be able to realize their dreams, make possible their dreamed employment or who are in love. Just think about the young person who lives in the big city and their dream job is to be a fisherman, or archeologist or any other employment that is related with the specific geographical condition. Should those people have the possibility to follow their dreams? And what about the case of falling in love, that let´s be honest it is happening quite a lot around the world, let´s just take a famous number of 1 000 000 Erasmus children that already has been born. Shouldn´t we have the right to fall in love and be with a person of our choice wherever it is?
So I have checked the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and this is what I have found:
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
I am still feeling confused.
Migration is not a problem but it shows the problem!