Top UN Official Urges Global Response to Migration Crisis

By Jeff Najjar

Peter Sutherland—the UN’s special representative for migration—has called for a global response to the growing migration crisis in Europe.  The rights of migrant populations has become one of the most significant humanitarian issues around the world, as millions seek asylum from conflict nations.  Sutherland’s statements follow earlier comments from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who urged the global community to develop comprehensive solutions to allow for safe and legal migration.  The International Organization for Migration reported that more than 2,000 migrants have died this year in an attempt to enter Europe through the Mediterranean Sea.