Brazil Will Withdraw From the UN Migration Pact

Many thanks to José Atento (from the blog Lei Islâmica em Ação) for translating this article from Istoé:

Future chancellor says Brazil will leave Global Migration Compact

Ambassador Ernesto Araújo, who has been confirmed to take over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said today [December 10] in social media that the government of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro will disassociate the country from the Global Migration Compact. According to him, immigration should be treated according to “the reality and sovereignty of each country”.

“The Bolsonaro government will dissociate itself from the Global Migration Pact that is being launched in Marrakesh, an inadequate instrument to deal with the problem. Immigration should not be treated as a global issue, but rather according to the reality and sovereignty of each country,” the future chancellor said in his Twitter account.

The UN Global Compact for a Safe, Ordained and Regular Migration was approved today by representatives of more than 150 countries at the intergovernmental conference of the organization in the Moroccan city.

Speaking at the conference, UN Secretary-General António Guterres drew attention to “the sovereign right of states to determine their migration policies and their prerogative to govern migration within their jurisdiction, in accordance with international law,” insisted the Secretary-General.

Regulatory mark

On previous occasions, the future chancellor had mentioned how the Brazilian government intends to deal with the migratory flow. According to him, the country will seek to accommodate immigrants by establishing a regulatory framework compatible with national reality.

“Brazil will seek a regulatory framework compatible with the national reality and with the well-being of Brazilians and foreigners. In the case of Venezuelans fleeing the [President Nicolás] Maduro regime, we will continue to welcome them, but the fundamental thing is to work for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.”

The ambassador added that immigrants are welcome in Brazil and will not be discriminated against. However, he defended the definition of criteria to guarantee safety to all. He did not elaborate on those criteria.

“Immigration is welcome, but it should not be indiscriminate. There must be criteria to ensure the safety of both migrants and citizens in the destination country. Immigration must be at the service of the individual’s interests and the cohesion of each society.”

2 thoughts on “Brazil Will Withdraw From the UN Migration Pact

  1. I would hope that those countries refusing to sign the pact will then play an active role in actively prosecuting illegal people smuggling inside their nations.

    As a Canadian living in a border city with the US, I would hope that the US gov’t will be extra vigilant and firm with dealing with the expected waves of people clamouring to get into Canada now that we are signed on to the pact. Unfortunately, such extra policing will be costly to those countries refusing to sign but presumably far, far cheaper than taking in the worlds’ masses.

    It’s not enough to simply refuse to sign.

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