Trump Withdraws US From UN Migrant And Refugee Compact


While the U.S. is proud of its leadership on migration and refugee issues, the global approach is not compatible with the nation's sovereignty, according to Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the UN.

Under Trump and his "America First" policies, the USA has withdrawn from several global commitments made under the administration of president Barack Obama, including the Paris climate deal.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Hayley, informed the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, at the weekend that Donald Trump was not willing to continue with an American commitment to the UN global compact on migration.

Ambassador Nikki Haley said the US will continue in its "generosity" by supporting migrants and refugees around the world.

Thus, the global compact for migration becomes yet another piece of Obama's global legacy dismantled by the Trump administration along with the Paris Climate Accord and, possibly, the Iranian nuclear deal, which is still intact but hanging in the balance.

"The New York Declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with US immigration and refugee policies and the Trump administration's immigration principles".

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According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations migration agency, the signatories of the document, that was to pave the way for the adoption of the global compact for migration in 2018, have pledged to protect the rights and freedoms of migrants, "regardless of their migratory status", facilitate their integration, fight racial and other forms of discrimination.

In September of 2016, the members of the U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a non-binding declaration committed to upholding the rights of refugees that sought to enhance global coordination on migration.

Following the September 2016 New York Declaration, the General Assembly started to develop this global compact in April 2017.

The decision to pull out of the compact comes as a number of countries are preparing to meet in Mexico on Monday for a global conference on migration. The General Assembly will hold an intergovernmental conference on worldwide migration in 2018 with a view to adopting the global compact.

The US decision to withdraw will delight Trump's "America first" political base, but will do little to improve his standing in developing countries.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres regretted the US decision, his spokesman said on Sunday, but expressed hope the United States might re-engage in the talks.