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Brazil will pull out of UN migration pact in January

Thursday - 13/12/2018 01:48
Brazil's future administration announced Monday that it would withdraw from the UN migration pact adopted in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh when far right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro takes office in January.
Evaristo Sa, AFP | Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro at a press conference in Brasilia, Nov. 7, 2018.
Evaristo Sa, AFP | Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro at a press conference in Brasilia, Nov. 7, 2018.

"Immigration is welcome, but it should not be indiscriminate," Brazil's future foreign minister Ernesto Araujo tweeted, adding: "It must serve the national interests and cohesion of each society." The pact is an "inappropriate instrument" to deal with the "problem" of migration, wrote Araújo.

Brazil would become the third Latin American country to pull out of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, as did Chile and Dominican Republic. Moreover, the US and at least 14 other countries either opted out or expressed concerns, with some claiming the pact infringes national sovereignty.

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