Red Cross Offers to Use Humanitarian Law to Tackle EU Migration Issue

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - International humanitarian law (IHL) could offer a solution to how EU countries address the issue of migration crisis, Dr. Cedric Cotter, a researcher at the Law and Policy Forum of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told Sputnik.

"What we would say … to all states who say migration is a problem, or who are interested in migration, is to look within the spectrum of the IHL. They have to integrate the IHL in the reflection to address both the needs of migrants and the root causes [of migration]," Cotter said, in answer to a question on how EU member states can address the migration crisis asked on Wednesday on the sidelines of the "Migration and International Law" conference.

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The fourth international conference dubbed "Migration and International Law," during which participants address the issue of migration from a legal, political and moral perspective is held from Wednesday through Friday in Moscow.

Migrants struggle to board a bus sent to pick them up on the closed highway A4 towards Vienna at the Austrian side of the border between Hungary and Austria on September 11, 2015 near Nickelsdorf, Austria. - Sputnik International
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The event is organized amid an ongoing migrant crisis in Europe that has unfurled in 2015 with scores of refugees arriving from countries rife with conflict. Many of them are attempting to reach the continent via the Mediterranean Sea.

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