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Estonian parliament supports UN Migration Compact
The Estonian parliament has passed a declaration expressing its support to the UN Compact on Migration following a long debate and only 41 out of 101 MP backing the document.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that the declaration was passed on Monday, November 26, with the support of the ruling Centre Party, the Social Democratic Party (SDE) and two independents, whereas coalition members Pro Patria voted against together with the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia and the Free Party. The largest opposition faction, the Reform Party, did not vote and its chairwoman Kaja Kallas branded the matter as a «failure» of the government.
During the debate at the Riigikogu, Social Democrat Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser played down the dangers of the UN document seen by other MPs: «The Compact on Migration isn’t an international treaty, neither in the spirit of the Estonian nor that of international law. It isn’t binding to Estonia or any other country. It doesn’t take away our right to independently shape our own migration and border policy. It does not make migration a human right. It won’t bring more migrants to Estonia, not even considering the group and amount that might make it here».