To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the speech by the Prime Minister to the UN General Assembly in 2017, what assessment they have made of the extent to which the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration reflects UK policies on (1) the right of states to control their borders, (2) the need to distinguish between refugees and economic migrants, and (3) whether refugees should seek asylum in the first safe country they reach.
3 December 2018
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is a legally non-binding document which will complement existing legal frameworks and foster stronger international cooperation on migration – which is a shared, global issue.
Alongside the Global Compact for Refugees, it will support the UK’s 3 Global Migration Principles set out by the Prime Minister at UN General Assembly in 2016, namely: to acknowledge the right of countries to control their borders; to improve how we distinguish between refugees and economic migrants; and to ensure refugees claim asylum in the first safe country they reach.
The UK welcomes the explicit commitment in the Compact for states to uphold their national sovereignty and continue to set domestic migration policy. We will therefore continue to control our borders and prevent irregular migration to the UK.
By negotiating separate and distinct Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees we have helped strengthen international recognition of the distinction between the two, which will help ensure support is targeted to those in need and migration is better managed. The Global Compact for Refugees supports the Prime Minister’s principle that refugees should seek asylum in the first safe country they reach by promoting greater support to hosting countries to protect and support refugees.