Sweden to sign UN migration pact – claims it will lead to “economic and social development”
By EMMA R. 25 November 2018
Sweden will sign the United Nations’ Global Migration Agreement in December, the government confirms. It claims that the framework is important for Sweden’s economic development and that there is a “great potential” in even more immigration to Sweden.
A number of countries have withdrawn from the agreement. These countries have, among other things, warned that the framework threatens national security, does not distinguish between illegal immigrants and refugees and can ultimately promote even greater influx of migrants from the third world.
The Swedish government is of a completely different view, and instead argues that the initiative is important and will make immigration “safe, orderly and regular”.
Critics of the migration agreement have also argued that it seeks to criminalise critical discussions about immigration.
The government points out, however, that the framework will allow “evidence-based public conversation”. “This means, among other things, that states, in accordance with international law, should work against racism and discrimination against migrants,” one explains.
The migration framework, which is expected to be adopted, is to be voted on at a conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, 10-11 December.
Once approved, the text will be sent to the UN General Assembly where it is formally adopted in the form of a brief resolution in December next year.