In September 2016 the UN organised the first ever summit to discuss asylum and migration policy.
During this summit the so called New York Declaration was adopted. I had the privilege to represent the European Parliament at the summit and have been following the work with the global compacts, which are the follow up to the declaration.
In the New York declaration all 193 UN member states signed up to work actively on both issues of labour migration and asylum policy to protect the rights of migrants and refugees, create safe and legal routes for migration, to support the countries that host most migrants, and to work towards a better global responsibility sharing for migrants and refugees.
Since Donald Trump was elected President, the United States have withdrawn from the work on the global compacts. This makes it even more important that the EU takes a leading role in these international negotiations. I am personally continuing to follow this process in my capacity as an MEP in my parliament work to support these UN-lead processes.