In December 2018, the international community agreed to two new Global Compacts to manage migration: the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees. Both agreements faced significant backlash, from anti-immigrant groups concerned with protecting state sovereignty, as well as from migrant advocacy groups concerned the agreements offered no new binding obligations on states. This talk will examine what these Global Compacts set out to achieve, how they differ from one another and from the international treaties that preceded them, and concludes with a discussion of the likelihood of success in achieving their stated goals.
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