Australia boycotts UN conference on safe migration

At the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which was held from 10–11 December 2018, 164 nations met under the auspices of the United Nations General Assembly at Marrakesh, Morocco, in order to formally agree upon the Compact. Australia did not agree to the Compact. The Prime Minister stated that the agreement could “undermine Australia’s strong border protection laws and practices,” and would not sign it.

There are 23 objectives and commitments listed in the draft Agreement. These include collecting and using accurate and anonymised data to develop evidence-based migration policy, ensuring that all migrants have proof of identity, enhancing availability and flexibility for regular migration, encouraging cooperation for tracking missing migrants and saving lives, ensuring migrants can access basic services, and making provisions for both full inclusion of migrants and social cohesion.

Find out more about the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration here.


Sonja Duncan