Es­to­nian par­lia­ment sup­ports UN Mi­gra­tion Com­pact

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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».

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