Brazil rejects the UN migration agreement a month after signing it

Brazil rejects the UN migration agreement a month after signing it
  • Reuters

The end of 2018 left on the international agenda the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) reached by the UN, in which a large number of countries were in favor, to the detriment of a small group against, in which United States stood out, under the leadership of Donald Trump.

However, one of the countries that was agree with this, Brazil, expressed its desire to leave and already the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the pertinent statement to the international organization, which is an additional point in the drastic turn of the South American country under the mandate of Jair Bolsonaro and a further nod to its relations with the United States.

While Bolsonaro himself admitted that "never can be denied help to those who need it", he also assured that migration cannot be uncontrollable or indiscriminate, so he prefers to maintain his own norms regarding the entry of foreigners into his country, according to a tweet from his official account.


The non-binding agreement was signed by Brazil under the mandate of Michel Temer, however, Bolsonaro ensured drastic changes and has not lost time in making them, with the dismissal of more than 300 public employees, his relations with the United States, the possibility to install an American military base on national soil and now, this decision at the UN.

On the other hand, last Monday Bolsonaro admitted that given his clear inexperience in economic matters, he will leave the whole weight of this issue in the hands of Economy Minister Paulo Guedes, an acolyte of free market apostle Milton Friedman (1912-2006).

"Admitting my ignorance in many areas is a sign of humility. I'm sure I know a lot more about politics than Guedes, but he knows much more about economics than I do", the president said at a ceremony in which the presidents of the three main public banks in Brazil assumed their positions. "Guedes was free to choose all his team", said Bolsonaro.


Among the positions occupied during the ceremony were the presidents of the Caixa Economica Federal (CEF), Pedro Guimaraes; of Banco do Brasil, Rubem Novaes; and from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), Joaquim Levy, all of them in line with the free market ideology of Guedes, an economist formed at the University of Chicago.

"If the economy is doing well, we will have more jobs, the rate of violence will fall and we will have better days ahead", said Bolsonaro. He added that his government will review the distribution of funds for official advertising, so it will no longer favor one medium of communication over another. "Having a free press is a rule of democracy" and the idea is to distribute the advertising budget without favoring any particular media, so that "everyone can do a good job.

He also said that funds directed by the government to support non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be reviewed and audited. "It may seem that this is of little importance, but it does, and for that reason, NGO funding will be subject to strict control to ensure that public resources are used", said Bolsonaro.


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