U.N. Global Compact Recognizes Climate-Driven Migration for First Time

Somali refugees displaced by floods cross a swollen river in Dadaab, Garissa district in Kenya’s arid northeastern province 22, November 2006.

Somali refugees displaced by floods cross a swollen river in Dadaab, Garissa district in Kenya’s arid northeastern province 22, November 2006.

More than 160 nations agreed on the United Nations' Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at a meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco.

The accord and its 23 objectives call for nations to voluntarily "provide basic services for migrants, whether they enter a country legally or illegally," "facilitate access to procedures for family reunification for migrants at all skill levels" and "establish mechanisms for the portability of social security entitlements."

In 2017, the United States pulled out of the non-binding accord that began collecting signatures in 2016. Australia and several EU countries, including Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia also dropped out of the accord. 

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