Today at the UNHQ in New York, the UNGA voted to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
In favour: 152 – Against: 5 – Abstention: 12
• The compact is non-legally binding and does not create legal obligations
• It does not establish customary international law
• It does not give the legal instruments referred to in the text any binding effect that they do not already have in international law
• It reaffirms the sovereign right of states to determine national immigration policy and laws and that states have the sole authority to distinguish between regular and irregular migratory status
• It does not establish any new human rights law, nor create any new categories of migrants, nor establish a right to migrate
• It in no way restricts or curtails established human rights, including the right to freedom of expression