To bring the substituting members on board so you know what is going on, this is a longer study than we've normally done on this committee. It's looking at migration in the 21st century. It's looking at the challenges, the reasons people are on the move, and where they're on the move from and to. That's both forced migration in terms of refugees, and planned or voluntary migration by economic migrants and those related to that, such as students or temporary migrants, etc.
This is a big picture study to look at what Canada's response should be to a world that is on the move more than it's ever been in the history of humanity. We're doing that study. We've had a number of meetings.
Today we're going to welcome His Excellency Peteris Ustubs, who is a representative of the European Union here in Ottawa; and with him is Brice de Schietere.
They have very graciously accepted our invitation to come and give us a European perspective.
In the second hour of the meeting, we'll be following up on some of this in an in camera meeting. That's just to give you a heads-up that what we ask about in this first hour could inform our discussion in the in camera meeting as well.
It's over to you, Your Excellency. Thank you for accepting our request to come to us.