USA withdraws from United Nations refugees, migrants commitment

USA withdraws from United Nations refugees, migrants commitment

USA withdraws from United Nations refugees, migrants commitment

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, explained in a statement that the pact's "global approach" was "simply not compatible with US sovereignty".

The United States has informed the United Nations that it will no longer participate in the Global Compact on Migration.

The president of the U.N. General Assembly expressed disappointment and regret at Trump's decision, saying in a statement that no single country can "manage worldwide migration on its own".

According to the USA permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, "no country has done as much as the United States".

Thus, the global compact for migration becomes yet another piece of Obama's global legacy dismantled by the Trump administration along with the Paris Climate Accord and, possibly, the Iranian nuclear deal, which is still intact but hanging in the balance.

In September 2016, the 193 members of the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a set of commitments that pledged to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure they have access to education and jobs.

The State Department late on December 2 said the compact "contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with US immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration's immigration principles".

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"The role of the United States in this process is critical as it has historically and generously welcomed people from all across the globe and remains home to the largest number of global migrants in the world", Miroslav Lajčák said.

The US has been a part of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants since it was formed previous year.

He added that the USA "has the experience and expertise to help ensure that this process leads to a successful outcome".

The aim is to publish a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration next year in time for adoption by the United Nations general assembly in September.

Haley's predecessor Samantha Power mocked the USA move.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres regretted the USA decision, his spokesman said on Sunday, but expressed hope the United States might re-engage in the talks.

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