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Santiago: Chile has become the latest country to pull out of a controversial United Nations migration pact, its Interior Ministry indicated, provoking fury among opposition parties who accused Sebastian Pinera’s government of “shameful and authoritarian” behaviour.
Rodrigo Ubilla, Chile’s Interior Ministry sub-secretary, told Chilean Sunday paper El Mercurio in an interview that the country’s representatives would not attend the event to adopt the pact early next week in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh.
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“Our position is clear,” he said. “We have said that migration is not a human right. Countries have a right to determine the entry requirements for foreign citizens.”
If confirmed, Chile’s refusal to sign reflects its hardening stance towards migrants whose population has grown fivefold in 30 years amid influx from Venezuela, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Colombia, among other Latin nations.
Centre-right Pinera’s government came to office in March on a promise to enforce stricter measures. In recent months, it has put on “repatriation” flights for Haitian migrants wanting to come home, tightened visa controls and deported migrants with criminal records.
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