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Austria: Protests possible amid withdrawal from UN global migration pact

Austria announces it will withdraw from the UN global migration pact on October 31; protests possible in the coming days

31 oct. 12h55 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 31/10/2018, 12h00 until 7/11/2018, 11h59 (Europe/Vienna). COUNTRY/REGION Austria


The Austrian government announced on Wednesday, October 31, that it would withdraw from the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, in order to preserve Austria's sovereignty regarding immigration policy. The Austrian government, led by the conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, has progressively hardened its policies regarding immigration over the past year. Protests denouncing the government's decision are possible in the coming days and weeks.


The UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, approved in July, is an intergovernmental agreement striving to improve international collaboration and governance on migration. 


Individuals in Austria are advised to avoid all protests as a precaution.


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