This is the final para in a post by Judy in The Weekend Oz: World in no hurry to board the Marrakesh Express on migration.
The principal roles of a sovereign government are to protect the nation’s borders and to act in the best interests of its own citizens. To do otherwise is to invite internal dissent, something Macron is beginning to learn. There are lessons for other world leaders.
Such as our own! A few more quotes for those who are paywalled out.
Individual countries are more than capable of sorting out the size and type of immigrants they require….
The final version was belted out across 18 months of expensive consultations. But note that many parties who made suggestions to rework the document — to emphasise the importance of countries’ sovereignty, for example — essentially were ignored.
Last week, a spokesman for the US government summed up that country’s refusal to sign the compact by labelling it “an effort by the United Nations to advance global governance at the expense of the sovereign right of states”….
The central aim of the compact is to convert illegal migration into regular migration, with all the associated privileges accorded to legal migrants…. Economic migration is seen as an inalienable human right….
The compact then dives into equally dangerous water by stating that one objective is to “eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote evidence-based public discourse to shape perceptions of migration”. In other words, descriptions of migration that are not positive and fulsome should not be permitted….
If we look at the attitudes of ordinary citizens to migration around the world, it is clear that a rising proportion is opposed to high migrant intakes. Indeed, in many countries, the largest proportion of citizens would prefer reduced or zero migration.”