International Organization for Migration’s Peter Van der Auweraert talks to Devex global development reporter Helen Morgan about the policies needed to abate the current migration crisis.

With such high levels of migration into Europe — the highest since World War II — there are many discussions about the need to create policies that put human rights at the center. So what do migration policies look like in practical terms?

In this video interview, Peter Van der Auweraert, head of the land, property and reparations division at the International Organization for Migration, told Devex about the need for actors across Europe to increase the legal avenues for migration.

As long there are no legal avenues, but the push factors remain the same, people are almost forced to continue using the irregular routes, he told Devex on the sidelines of the 32nd Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland.

In this clip, Van der Auweraert discusses the challenges around the reallocation of humanitarian and development assistance, resettlement policies, and the need to work with Syria’s neighboring countries to help alleviate the burden.

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  • Helen Morgan

    Helen Morgan is an Associate Editor at Devex. She has a background in human rights, radio and journalism, and has written for a variety of international publications while living and working in Buenos Aires, New York and Shanghai. She is now based in Barcelona and supports editorial content on campaigns and media partnerships at Devex. She is currently studying a master's degree in contemporary migration.

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