At a time when migration and migrants are considered unpopular at best and a threat at worst in many parts of the world, most UN member states decided to do what would have been unthinkable a mere few years ago and on July 13, 2018, came to an agreement on a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

This compact is a remarkable historic achievement and a nod to multilateralism, but, perhaps just as important, it is a collective acknowledgement of the need to better harness the undoubted benefits of migration and mitigate its complex and many challenges.The GCM recognises that each country is differently impacted by migration. The compact is non-legally binding, although it has clear political and moral weight, and recognises the sovereign right of states to determine the conditions of entry and stay of non-nationals in their territory, in accordance with international law.