The Untied Nation’s attention has been drawn to cases of inhumane treatment of migrants in Libya.

This has spurred the international organisation to make plans to negotiate a Global Compact on Migration in 2018. 

It wants to reduce increasing deaths at sea and forced labour to migrants while improving how states manage and protect migrants.  

The plan was announced by the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres.

In an article entitled: “Toward a New Global Compact on Migration,” Guterres stressed that managing migration has become one of the most profound challenges for international cooperation.

“This year, governments will negotiate a Global Compact on Migration through the United Nations.

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“This will be the first overarching international agreement of its kind.  It will not be a formal treaty. Nor will it place any binding obligations on states. 

“This is an urgent task. We have seen what happens when large-scale migration takes place without effective mechanisms to manage it.  The world was shocked by recent videos of migrants being sold as slaves," he said.

In the plan, the compact would recognise and reinforce the benefits of migration and strengthen the rule of law underpinning how states manage and protect migrants.

He added that the compact would also address the need for greater international cooperation to protect vulnerable migrants and refugees, in line with international law.

According to him, migration powers economic growth, reduces inequalities and connects diverse societies.

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