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Published Date: Sunday 15 July 2018 - 09:13:00
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UN agrees ‘historic’ migration deal without US

UN agrees ‘historic’ migration deal without US
World  - The US was noticeably absent from the UN on Friday, as members agreed a draft framework on how to better handle the flow of migrants across the world.

The agreement - the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration - was negotiated at a time that the conversations about migration and refugees have grown increasingly divisive in much of the Western world.

The United States had initially participated in the negotiations, but it abruptly withdrew last December under orders from the Trump administration, which has taken an increasingly hostile view toward cross-border migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. It argued that such multinational agreements subverted the power of individual governments to control national borders.

Described as a "historic moment" by General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak, the non-binding Global Compact on Migration sets out objectives, actions and avenues for facilitating safe, orderly and regular migration, while reducing the incidence and impact of irregular migration and respecting states' sovereignty regarding migration policy.

Citing non-compatibility with the Trump administration's immigration policy, the US has been boycotting the negotiations since last year, while Hungary is now looking to pull out of the deal for fear it will force the country to take migrants traveling across Europe.

The deal will be ratified by members in December at a meeting in Marrakech, Morocco.

News Code: 26031
Published Date: Sunday 15 July 2018 - 09:13:00
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