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Dear Migrants: 152 Countries Welcome You, 41 Do Not. Act Accordingly.

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Perhaps one of the most charged phrases to emerge from the debate on global migration is “migration is a human right.” The knee-jerk reaction among nationalists is to reject this ideology, but let’s step back a moment and unpack this concept.

No one should argue with the notion that law-abiding people should have the right to leave their country of origin and request residency or citizenship elsewhere in a lawful manner. Otherwise, people would essentially be prisoners in their homeland.

However, no democratic country should be forced, through border invasions or global political pressure, to accept migrants against the will of its sovereign citizens. Countries should have the right change migration policies and practices as needed over time without having to seek approval from foreign nations or global organizations, such as the United Nations, NATO or the E.U.

In September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York and unanimously agreed to draft a framework that would help nations worldwide address issues arising from mass migration and refugee crises. General migration and refugees would be addressed separately.

In July 2018, a grossly comprehensive draft on general migration was presented by a U.N. working group and debated. The framework — titled “The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” (GCM) — is a non-binding treaty of cooperation, but it reads like a to-do list for the implementation of open-borders policies and unrestrained welfare with international monitoring for compliance.

It calls for government (taxpayer)-funded housing, job-placement programs, cultural centers, medical care and basic to higher education. It directs nations to train their media organization in how to report on the positive aspects of migration and to restrain press coverage of the negative aspects. And it contains a pledge that countries worldwide will share the burden of migrant waves, which will be aided by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ensure safe passage for those seeking better economic opportunities elsewhere.

Some of the compact’s 23 Objectives are positive, such as ensuring all migrants have documentation, the international tracking of migrants and migrant-flow databases, the right for migrants to return home and efforts to eradicate human trafficking. But ultimately, the compact is overly broad and unashamedly and overtly globalist in its political ideology.

For a non-binding agreement, the political turmoil the GCM created was intense. It rocked the leadership of some governments, such as Belgium and Italy. The United States via Donald Trump was first to announce it would not be participating in compact, and he was immediately excoriated by global allies. But in the months that followed, more countries followed suit, including Australia, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. They, too, were denounced and shamed. Israel withdrew- but no mentions in the Lugenpresse- as the ire was directed elsewhere.


‘If one or two or three countries leave the United Nations migration pact, then we as the EU can’t stand up for our own interests.’ — Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

By the time the GCM signing ceremony convened in Morocco in December 2018, dozens of countries announced that they would not be joining the U.N.’s compact. Some countries remain “undecided” to this day, locked in a perpetual nationalist-globalist debate. Some countries, such as Finland and the Netherlands, signed the agreement as a show of cooperative spirit but stated they refuse to change their migrations policies. And some countries, such as Brazil, decided to withdraw support after the ceremonial circus.

As of today, among the U.N.’s 193 member countries, 152 agree to the migration compact and 41 do not. Those that do not should be commended for the courage it took to stand against the tide. Those that do should advertise themselves as a migrant destination.

Oddly, there is no list of participating and non-participating countries. This information looks highly suppressed. For migrants, this information is most useful. It provides current and clear guidance to where they will be welcomed and where they won’t. No migrant should force themselves on a country unwilling to enter the migrant compact, which is in essence a nation’s statement on its current position toward migration.

So, dear migrants, Winter Watch compiled the list for you. The following 152 have pledged to welcome you and provide you with economic resources. Consider the other 41 countries to be no-go zones.

Note: Since compiling this chart about six weeks ago, someone posted on Wikipedia the positions of about 40 of the 193 countries. We have yet to cross check Wikipedia’s information for accuracy, but it should be noted that the position of some countries is difficult to track/follow. Surely, more updates will be needed over time. Hopefully bloggers won’t be the only ones attempting to do this work, especially considering that there are people out there who actually get paid to gather, fact check and disseminate this vital information.


Member State Position Notes

UN Member States and The Global Compact for Migration

December 2018 Status Summary

Compiled by Torchy Blane of Winter Watch

Afghanistan
Afghanistan  Affirmed
Albania
Albania Affirmed
Algeria
Algeria Affirmed
Andorra
Andorra Affirmed
Angola
Angola Affirmed
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda Affirmed
Argentina
Argentina Affirmed
Armenia
Armenia Affirmed
Australia
Australia Withdrew The Prime Minister stated that the agreement could “undermine Australia’s strong border protection laws and practices,” and would not sign the compact.
Austria
Austria Withdrew In October 2018, Austria became the third country to announced it would not be adopting the compact. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stated, “We view some points of the migration pact very critically, such as the mixing up of seeking protection with labor migration.” Kurz also expressed fear of “a danger to our national sovereignty,” while Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache said that migration “is not and cannot become a human right.”
Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan Affirmed
The Bahamas
Bahamas Affirmed
Bahrain
Bahrain Affirmed
Bangladesh
Bangladesh Affirmed
Barbados
Barbados Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Belarus
Belarus Affirmed
Belgium
Belgium Affirmed The largest party within the Belgian Government, the Flemish nationalist NVA, has demanded that Belgium withdraw from the GCM and launched a campaign against it. N-VA leader Bart De Wever has said that the compact is “unacceptable” to the party. The N-VA has argued that the compact will add to the “illegal migration crisis” in Europe.
Belize
Belize Affirmed
Benin
Benin Affirmed
Bhutan
Bhutan Affirmed
Bolivia
Bolivia Affirmed
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina Affirmed
Botswana
Botswana Affirmed
Brazil
Brazil Withdrew Affirmed support for the document at the Marrakesh conference, but the Jair Bolsonaro government announced that Brazil would withdraw its support for the document, citing “immigration must be treated in accordance with the reality and sovereignty of each country.” Just to be clear about Brazil’s position, he once again confirmed the withdrawal in an ceremony on Jan. 2, 2018.
Brunei
Brunei Affirmed
Bulgaria
Bulgaria Withdrew In November 2018, Bulgaria’s government announced that it would not sign the agreement; its representatives “abstained” a vote on Dec. 5, 2018.
Burkina Faso
Burkina
Faso
Affirmed
Burundi
Burundi Affirmed
Cape Verde
Cabo Verde Affirmed
Cambodia
Cambodia Affirmed
Cameroon
Cameroon Affirmed
Canada
Canada Affirmed
Central African Republic
Central Africa Affirmed
Chad
Chad Affirmed
Chile
Chile Affirmed On Dec. 9, 2018, the government announced that it would not sign the agreement but then appeared at the signing ceremony on Dec. 10.
China
China Affirmed
Colombia
Colombia Affirmed
Comoros
Comoros Affirmed
Republic of the Congo
Congo Affirmed
Costa Rica
Costa Rica Affirmed
Ivory Coast
Côte d’Ivoire Affirmed
Croatia
Croatia Affirmed Croatia was also reported to be pulling out of the compact after President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said she would not be signing it. However, the Croatian government approved the compact.
Cuba Cuba Affirmed
Cyprus
Cyprus Affirmed
Czech Republic
Czech Republic Withdrew In November 2018, Czech Republic announced it would not sign compact and did not participate in conference.
North Korea North Korea Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo Affirmed
Denmark
Denmark *Affirmed On 27 November, the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen stated that he was supportive of the agreement, but that his government would form a coalition of European countries to create an opt-out.*
Djibouti
Djibouti Affirmed
Dominica
Dominica Affirmed
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic Withdrew On Dec. 4, 2018, the Dominican government set its position on the Global Migration Pact, stipulating that the Dominican state would agree to the compact, as reported during a press conference by the legal consultant of the Executive Branch, Flavio Darío Espinal. He also spoke about the participation of the country in the Moroccan summit and announced that the President Danilo Medina would not be in the meeting.
Ecuador
Ecuador Affirmed
Egypt
Egypt Affirmed
El Salvador El Salvador Affirmed
Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Eritrea
Eritrea Affirmed
Estonia
Estonia Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Eswatini
Eswatini Affirmed
Ethiopia
Ethiopia Affirmed
Fiji
Fiji Affirmed
Finland Finland *Affirmed The Ministry of the Interior assured that because the pact is fundamentally a political document, it will not necessitate any amendments to the legislation or interfere with the sovereignty of Finland. *Finland, he emphasized, will continue to make decisions on how to monitor its external borders and on who can enter the country and how.
France
France Affirmed
Gabon Gabon Affirmed
The Gambia
Gambia Affirmed
Georgia (country)
Georgia Affirmed
Germany Germany Affirmed There has been some opposition in the German parliament, led by Alternative for Germany. Merkel’s CDU complained the Compact makes no distinction between economic migrants and refugees. However, the parliament voted 372–153 in favor of the compact on Nov. 29, 2018.
Ghana
Ghana Affirmed
Greece
Greece Affirmed
Grenada
Grenada Affirmed
Guatemala
Guatemala Affirmed
Guinea
Guinea Affirmed
Guinea-Bissau
Guinea-Bissau Affirmed
Guyana
Guyana Affirmed
Haiti
Haiti Affirmed
Honduras
Honduras Affirmed
Hungary
Hungary Withdrew In July 2018, Hungary became the second country to announce it would pull out of the compact. Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that the document was “totally at odds with the country’s security interests” and “in conflict with common sense and also with the intent to restore European security.”
Iceland
Iceland Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
India
India Affirmed
Indonesia Indonesia Affirmed
Iran Iran Affirmed
Iraq
Iraq Affirmed
Republic of Ireland
Ireland Affirmed
Israel
Israel Withdrew Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu stated that “We have a duty to protect our borders against illegal infiltrators. That’s what we’ve done, and that’s what we will continue to do.”
Italy
Italy Undecided The Italian government decided to not attend the conference in Marrakesh and let the parliament decide whether to adopt the compact.
Jamaica
Jamaica Affirmed
Japan
Japan Affirmed
Jordan Jordan Affirmed
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Affirmed
Kenya Kenya Affirmed
Kiribati
Kiribati Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Kuwait
Kuwait Affirmed
Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Laos Lao Affirmed
Latvia
Latvia Affirmed On Dec. 6, 2018, the Latvian parliament voted for rejecting the compact, but then affirmed in Morocco.
Lebanon
Lebanon Affirmed
Lesotho
Lesotho Affirmed
Liberia
Liberia Affirmed
Libya
Libya Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein Affirmed
Lithuania
Lithuania Affirmed
Luxembourg
Luxembourg Affirmed The opposition parties Déi Lénk and the Pirate Party support the pact whereas ADR does not. The Parliament voted on whether supporting the pact or not.
Madagascar
Madagascar Affirmed
Malawi
Malawi Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Malaysia
Malaysia Affirmed
Maldives
Maldives Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Mali
Mali Affirmed
Malta
Malta Affirmed
Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands Affirmed
Mauritania
Mauritania Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Mauritius
Mauritius Affirmed
Mexico
Mexico Affirmed
Federated States of Micronesia
Micronesia Affirmed
Monaco
Monaco Affirmed
Mongolia
Mongolia Affirmed
Montenegro
Montenegro Affirmed
Morocco
Morocco Affirmed
Mozambique
Mozambique Affirmed
Myanmar
Myanmar Affirmed
Namibia
Namibia Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Nauru
Nauru Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Nepal
Nepal Affirmed
Kingdom of the Netherlands
Netherlands *Affirmed The cabinet ensured it would add a legal addendum, which would state that the Migration Pact can not be used as a viable juridical document and therefore can not be used be as legal support in asylum claims.
New Zealand
New Zealand Affirmed The opposition National Party opposed the compact, stating, “We don’t need to be told by the UN what to do” and “the pact that treats illegal and legal migration the same.” But then support was showed at conference in Morocco.
Nicaragua
Nicaragua Affirmed
Niger
Niger Affirmed
Nigeria
Nigeria Affirmed
Norway
Norway Affirmed
Oman
Oman Affirmed
Pakistan
Pakistan Affirmed
Palau
Palau Affirmed
Panama
Panama Affirmed
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea Affirmed
Paraguay
Paraguay Affirmed
Peru
Peru Affirmed
Philippines
Philippines Affirmed Strong supporters.
Poland
Poland Withdrew On Oct. 9, 2018, Minister of Interior and Administration Joachim Brudziński spoke against the compact, saying that it went against the priorities of Poland, which are security and control over its borders. On Nov. 20, 2018, the government of Poland officially announced that it would not sign the compact.
Portugal
Portugal Affirmed
Qatar
Qatar Affirmed
South Korea
South Korea Affirmed
Moldova
Moldova Affirmed
Romania
Romania Affirmed (?) On Nov. 28, 2018, the Romanian Foreign Minister was authorized by the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis, to sign the Migration Pact. Sources say that secret negotiations were carried out long before the news broke out.
Russia
Russia Affirmed Russia signed the compact, but issued a statement repudiating certain elements of it: “We reiterate our repudiation of the ‘shared responsibility’ concept that, in its current form, merely implies sharing the burden of hosting forced migrants between the States that frequently have nothing to do with the causes of mass exodus of people. We are not in favor of shifting the burden to others, while the current complicated migration situation is largely a result of irresponsible interference into the internal affairs of sovereign States of Middle East and North Africa. In this context, the countries that were actively involved in such interference should primarily bear the greatest responsibility, including for the migration-related consequences.”
Rwanda
Rwanda Affirmed
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis Affirmed
Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia Affirmed
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Samoa
Samoa Affirmed
San Marino
San Marino Affirmed
São Tomé and Príncipe
São Tomé and Príncipe Affirmed
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Senegal
Senegal Affirmed
Serbia
Serbia Affirmed
Seychelles
Seychelles Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone Affirmed
Singapore
Singapore Affirmed
Slovakia
Slovakia Withdrew After a dispute broke out within the Government of Slovakia on whether to adopt the framework, it was decided that the issue would be moved to parliament for discussion. Following this, the Slovakian Foreign Affairs Minister, Miroslav Lajčák, announced that he would contemplate his resignation if the parliament rejected the compact. On Nov. 29, 2018, after the parliament had voted to refuse the compact, the Foreign Affairs Minister decided to resign, but later withdrew his resignation. On Dec. 5, 2018, following his cabinets approval of the parliamentary resolution, the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Peter Pellegrini, affirmed that Slovakia would not send a representative to the UN meeting nor sign the compact.
Slovenia
Slovenia Affirmed
Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands Affirmed
Somalia
Somalia Affirmed
South Africa
South Africa Affirmed
South Sudan
South Sudan Affirmed
Spain
Spain Affirmed
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Affirmed
Sudan
Sudan Affirmed
Suriname
Suriname Affirmed
Sweden
Sweden Affirmed
Switzerland
Switzerland Undecided Though Switzerland led compact negotiations, it did not attend the conference for the formal adoption of the framework in December 2018. The decision was made because the parliament demanded a final say on whether the country would approve the compact, which it said would require more time.
Syria
Syria Affirmed
Tajikistan
Tajikistan Affirmed
Thailand
Thailand Affirmed
Republic of Macedonia
Macedonia Affirmed
East Timor
Timor-Leste Affirmed
Togo
Togo Affirmed
Tonga
Tonga Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Tunisia
Tunisia Affirmed
Turkey
Turkey Affirmed
Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan Affirmed
Tuvalu
Tuvalu Affirmed
Uganda
Uganda Affirmed
Ukraine
Ukraine Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates Affirmed
United Kingdom
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Affirmed
Tanzania
Tanzania Affirmed
United States
United States of America Withdrew In December 2017, Trump announced the U.S. would pull out of the compact, which the Obama administration has supported. The U.S. was the first country to pull out, and Trump received scathing criticism for his decision. The U.S. State Dept. told the U.N. the compact contained “numerous provisions that are inconsistent with U.S. immigration policy and the Trump Administration’s immigration principles.”
Uruguay
Uruguay Affirmed
Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Vanuatu
Vanuatu Opt-Out Did not participate in conference to adopt compact.
Venezuela
Venezuela Affirmed
Vietnam
Vietnam Affirmed
Yemen
Yemen Affirmed
Zambia
Zambia Affirmed
Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Affirmed

Image result for palestinian flagPalestine | Opt-Out | Palestine is curiously missing from the table above of U.N. countries that we copied/pasted from Wikipedia merely for its formatting. (Of course, this allows us to surmise its origin.) Despite the omission, the U.N. does in fact recognize Palestine as a member country. Palestine did not participate in conference to adopt compact.

2 Comments on Dear Migrants: 152 Countries Welcome You, 41 Do Not. Act Accordingly.

  1. Maybe the UN should look at the issues causing mass-migration and put some effort into stopping the destabilisation of the countries from where the mass-migrants come from e.g. Africa could be and should be a very wealthy continent that is a good place for Africans to live, and if the middle-east wasn’t turned into a war-zone then there would not be any mass-migration.
    “Legal” migration (and student scams) from countries like India and China should be halted until there are bilateral agreements that make migration into those countries as easy as getting into the countries they are migrating to.
    Solve the problem at its source. The UN would need to shake off its legacy of ownership by multi-national corporations to do that and given the corruptibility of many politicians, that might be an unrealistic proposition.

  2. So the USA and its occupier Israel both opt out, while 152 other countries deal with the mess they create in wars of aggression all over the world. Perfect! If it wasn’t clear before, it should be crystal clear now who runs the UN.

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