NZ First’s reasons for supporting the Global Migration compact

In the interests of balance, I have included in this post the letter NZ First recently sent out to their supporters giving their reasons why they did not oppose the signing of the Global migration compact.

I have also provided a link to the legal advice that NZ First received about the compact.

In summary, the eight key reasons why NZ First did not oppose the compact is because they believe that…

  1. It does not permit mass migration into New Zealand
  2. It has absolutely no legal effect in New Zealand
  3. It will not change NZ First’s approach to immigration into New Zealand
  4. Legal advice says that it doesn?t compromise sovereignty
  5. Legal advice says it does not establish customary international law;
  6. Legal advice says that the legal instruments referred to in the pact will not have any binding effect that they do not already have in international law
  7. Legal advice says that the compact does not establish any new human rights law, nor create any new categories of migrants, nor establish a right to migrate.
  8. Legal advice says that the compact in no way restricts or curtails established human rights, including the right to freedom of expression.

Source: Reddit

The above eight reasons why NZ First did not oppose the compact are all about what the pact will NOT do which leaves us all wondering what are the reasons NZ First has for supporting it. Surely, since they are all about putting New Zealand first, there must be something?for New Zealand to gain from the compact?

From what I have read so far, the two reasons given for supporting and signing the compact by NZ First are as follows:

  1. They see it as a “cooperation framework that was clearly set out at the start of the compact?s negotiations process in 2016 when the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants was unanimously adopted by all UN member states, including New Zealand under the previous government,?
  2. Because?they support greater efforts in controlling migration issues.


You can read the full press release here.