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International human rights accords protect migrants from discrimination.

A Legal Look at Migration

January 2016, Number 07.01

“In November 2015, an investigation of the terrorist attacks in Paris revealed that the main organizer — a Belgian citizen on at least one terror watch list — and other attackers had potentially sneaked back into Europe hidden among the thousands of refugees passing through Greece. According to an article in The Telegraph at that time: “The Schengen border-free zone of European countries now finds itself in an existential crisis, with migrants and terrorists alike travelling with ease to every corner of Europe.” Similar uneasiness has also appeared in the United States, where some politicians are pushing to block the admission of Syrian refugees amid growing concerns that their presence will increase terrorist threats. Additionally, there have been uncomfortable debates about admitting Christian versus Muslim refugees or banning Muslims from the country entirely...”

Excerpt from Melina Lito, “A Legal Look at Migration,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 7, No. 1, 2016: 54-59.

Melina Lito is an international human rights attorney with experience in international security, conflict prevention and U.S.-based immigration law. She mediates and provides strategic guidance to nongovernmental organizations and government stakeholders at the United Nations level. She has been an advisor with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Albania to the U.N., a legal advisor on U.N. affairs at Global Action to Prevent War, and taught at the U.N. University for Peace.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.