It is good that the UN-migration Pact is argued, also in the Bundestag and the CDU. And it is actually good that the AfD has set the debate in the Parliament. Even better, it would have been, if the Federal government itself had initiated the discussion. Because of the Pact to be adopted at the beginning of December in Marrakech is an advance expression of an international process of learning, to which the Grand coalition vigorously profess.

Nothing in the Convention is a threat or a secret. Germany’s sovereignty is not at stake, the future of the country, such as the populists and conspiracy theorists claim. There is also no new people will be introduced right to Migration. Threat alone would be to deny the Pact out of concern that it is all too complicated, or out of fear of the campaign is being led against.

The idea of this global date is as simple as it is obvious. A quarter of a billion people worldwide in the movement, and the trend is rising, as labour migrants, as civil war refugees, as victims of violence, or climate change, as emigration in search of security, a Livelihood, to the future. No state in the world can cope with the problems of these people and the problems they create on their own Ways, alone. To do this, if at all, only through international cooperation. All of the countries participating in the agreement commit themselves. And you have agreed on principles, such as Migration in the future should be regulated.

The Pact emphasized the sovereignty of States

These rules were not of a cabal of elite globalists concocted. The General Assembly of the United Nations has decided in the fall of 2016, the Pact to negotiate. At the consultations, a number of actors were involved: the governments of rich and poor countries, scientists, NGOs, the Pope, mayors from all over the world. There were Online seminars, countless papers and proposals.

The negotiation process has long been interested in anyone, but he had a sense of purpose. It was a question, as always in such proceedings, compromises, but also to highlight differences. The Pact is differentiated, for example, between regular and irregular Migration, he noted that the countries from which migrants come, often have completely different objectives than the States that you want. The Pact emphasized the sovereignty of individual countries, as well as the priority of national laws. He made that migrants returning to their homeland, should be included and papers. In short, the 23 principles of the Pact are the formulas of a global rationality, the need to prove themselves now.

the Pact is legally not binding. No one can enforce the rules. But of course, you should develop a political force, pressure, similar to the world’s climate objectives.

there Will be fewer migrants because of the Pact? Hardly. There will be more, as the opponents claim? Also, do not. Escape and Migration of contracts not decide. But Wars. Drought. Wealth and poverty. Most of all: people trying to control your life and the lives of their families.

This article dates back to the TIME no 48/2018. Here you can read the entire issue.

more and more States are now advertising that you don’t want to join the UN-migration Pact. The USA were the First, others have followed, so different States such as Estonia, Hungary and Australia. Also in Germany there are voices in the debate eats from the right edge, deep in the Union, and the Minister of health, Jens Spahn, one of the three candidates for the party presidency, has proposed that the CDU-party Convention on the Pact to a vote.

it Should come to that, will not decide the CDU just about the migration Pact. You will have to decide whether you want to remain a party, the law and rules of the building, also in the relations between States. A party that persistently compromises, treaties and diplomacy. Or if you want to be a party to the rampant distrust of institutions, and process yields. A party, the changes in the International of nationalists.

It will be so, by the way, is also a decision about whether or not Angela Merkel can remain Chancellor of this party.

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Kevin Chung studied literature in Seoul. He is interested in various areas. He can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.