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Global Migration Compact meeting begins in Morocco

The UN conference to endorse the UN Migration Compact, starting today in Marrakesh, will be attended by politicians from 159 countries.

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was finalised at the UN in July after 18 months of talks and is due to be formally adopted at the start of the two-day conference in Marrakesh.

Despite the overwhelming support for the compact, many countries in Europe, including Latvia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia, as well as the U.S. and Australia have voiced opposition to the declaration.

A day before the conference, UN special representative for migration Louise Arbour voiced scepticism about opposition to the document: “It is surprising that there has been so much misinformation about what the compact is and what the text actually says. It creates no right to migrate. It places no imposition on states”.

She also insisted it was not legally binding, despite a number of governments voicing caution about this assertion.

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