Another country, Italy, originally did not want to adopt the measure, but reportedly backtracked at the last minute and voted in favor of it.
The compact features a series of objectives, including making available the best health care and education for refugees in participating host countries.
- The concept of “refugee” will be extended to people affected by climate change (paragraph 12).
- Every four years starting in 2019, a global refugee forum will monitor and produce an index of how each country has respected the obligations of the agreement (paragraphs 17-19).
- A global academic network will be set up with universities, associations and research institutions to create opportunities for refugees in education, research and scholarships (paragraph 43).
- The promotion of a positive attitude towards refugees who are transferring from one country to another (paragraph 90).
The document itself is supposedly not legally binding, even though German Chancellor Angela Merkel said otherwise a few days ago.
Read the official proposal here.
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