Radio National Breakfast: Morrison refuses to sign UN migration pact citing risk to border security

Interview with Professor François Crépeau
6 March, 2019

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Radio National Breakfast – Separate stories podcast, with Fran Kelly, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


10520846-3x2-700x467Image: The UN migration pact is a conceptual framework and not legally binding. (Chaideer Mahyuddin/Getty Images)

Australia’s decision to refuse to sign up to a global UN migration pact has been described as “regrettable” by the United Nations.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed Australia won’t be a signatory to the United Nation’s Global Migration pact, claiming it will compromise Australia’s national interests and border security.

Australia now joins the United States, Poland and some populist governments in Europe in not signing the pact which aims to coordinate a global response to the world’s migration crisis.

The growing number of countries rejecting the accord is a symbolic blow to UN efforts to protect migrants and refugees, with a record 68 million people being displaced from their homes last year alone.

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