Brazil's Bolsonaro Rejects Global Migration Pact

Marco Green
January 11, 2019

Brazil's new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday blasted the UN's global migration pact, a deal he has promised to pull out of, saying decisions about who was able to come into his country need to be "sovereign". "It had not been a week since he took office as president, when Bolsonaro had his first confrontation with the military high command".

"No to the migration pact". "The Brazilians and the immigrants who live here will be safer with the rules we will define on our own, without pressure from outside". "We will never refuse help to those in need, but immigration can not be indiscriminate".

The Trump administration refused to participate in the agreement more than a year ago, while other countries agreed to the pact last summer but pulled out before it was formally adopted, including Austria, Hungary, Italy, Chile and Australia.

Bolsonaro represents Social Liberal Party in Brazil, and won a run-off election for president in October. The pact represents the worldwide community's attempt to establish a common global approach to all aspects of worldwide migration.

Brazil ratified the pact under Bolsonaro's predecessor, Michel Temer.

The UN's migration agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), declined to comment.

Over recent years, Brazil has been the second largest recipient of Venezuelan migrants, as thousands of people flee the country every day to escape the economic and humanitarian crisis ravaging their homeland.

Brazilian Foreign Ministry distributed a telegram among its diplomats, asking them to inform the United Nations about the country's withdrawal from the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, local media reported on Tuesday. "Make their countries great again". On Wednesday, the Brazilian president echoed President Trump's language comparing national security to home security.

"This demonstrates a shift in Brazilian foreign policy because it has previously always been very directed towards multilateralism", de Aragao said.

"The [Brazilian] military reject the United States military base that Bolsonaro wants".

Bolsonaro, who assumed the presidency of Brazil on January 1, previously said that he was open to the possibility of hosting a U.S. base to counter Russian influence in Venezuela with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, last week, saying that the president was planning to discuss a U.S. military presence with U.S. President Donald Trump during an expected visit in March. Almost 30 countries, including the United States, refused to sign the pact in December.

There were almost 260 million worldwide migrants in 2017, up nearly 50 percent from the corresponding figure in 2000, according to the UN.

Announcing Washington's decision to withdraw, former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the migration accord was "not compatible with US sovereignty".

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