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Why does Switzerland’s UN representative want open borders?

Jürg Lauber, the representative of Switzerland at the UN, was instrumental in writing The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, together with the representative from Mexico.


Published: November 13, 2018, 8:08 am

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    According to Laubner, it “puts migration firmly on the global agenda. It will be a point of reference for years to come and induce real change on the ground…” The Compact propagates a radical idea of migration to be signed by almost all UN member states at a ceremony in Morocco in early December.

    “Through Ambassador Jürg Lauber’s work as co-lead of the negotiation process, Switzerland was also able to play a key role in an important UN process on a significant issue of our time, and to demonstrate its credibility in fulfilling its role within the international community,” Bern said in a statement issued in July, hailing its own role.

    But Switzerland is not known as a particularly migrant-friendly country.

    In fact, few countries have entry requirements as restrictive as Switzerland’s. Anyone wishing to stay more than three months, not only requires a “residence permit”, but, “[I]n an effort to limit immigration from non-EU/EFTA countries, Swiss authorities impose strict annual limitations on the number of residence and work permits granted to foreigners”.

    These hard-to-come-by-residencies have, unsurprisingly, become a source of income as “[r]ich foreigners ‘buy’ Swiss residency”.

    There would be no need to buy residency with to the UN agreement: “Refugees and migrants are entitled to the same universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, which must be respected, protected and fulfilled at all times.” (Preamble, section 4)

    In July, Australia was the latest member signalling a withdrawal from the agreement. Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton told the Guardian: “We’re not going to sign a deal that sacrifices anything in terms of our border protection policies… We’re not going to surrender our sovereignty – I’m not going to allow unelected bodies dictate to us, to the Australian people.”

    In Germany, even Green Party politician Boris Palmer has warned against the signing of the UN migration pact in its current version. “Immigration and asylum are not always separated conceptually. Support for those fleeing war and persecution is often imcompatible with immigration into the labour market, ” Palmer wrote in a Facebook post.

    “Firstly, there is no substantive clarity about too many points. It has to be made first, ” Palmer warned. “Secondly, without a clarifying debate, a signature would massively increase the doubts about our state, our democracy and our media in large parts of the population and promote right-wing notions.”

    An exit from the agreement, would only help the AfD, he argued. Instead, it would first need a binding German translation with explanations by the Federal Government. Subsequently, it must be publicly debated.

    The UN Migration Compact is clearly not about refugees fleeing persecution, or their rights to protection under international law. Instead, the agreement propagates the radical idea that any and all migration should be vigorously promoted.

    The UN appears to have no interest in a public debate about the devious agreement that promotes migration as a “human right” since it might risk jeopardizing their entire open-border project.

    Not only are UN member states supposed to open their borders anyone, but should furnish migrants with comprehensive information about the advantages of each country they may wish to settle in, according to the text.


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