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Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL11567, tabled on 19 November 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to sign the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration at the UN Intergovernmental Conference in Morocco on 10 and 11 December; and if so, what assessment they have made of the consistency of the Compact with their 2017 Manifesto commitment to reduce and control migration.

Answered on

27 November 2018

The UK Government is supportive of the UN’s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, both as a step forward in international co-operation to tackle irregular migration and as a framework to help us deliver our commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our participation in the Global Compact will not affect our continued ability to determine and implement our own migration policy in the national interest. The Compact is a ‘non-legally binding, cooperative framework’, which reaffirms the sovereign right of States to determine their national migration policy.

The Migration Compact aims to bolster international cooperation by providing a framework to implement regular and managed migration through effectively managing our borders and returning those with no right to remain.