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Pact or Panic: Can Migration Be Controlled?

An intergovernmental conference is being held in the Moroccan capital, Marrakesh in December, to adopt the UN-sponsored global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The US and several other countries reject the pact, arguing that it paves the way for more mass migration. Are they right? Guests: Ana Maria Álvarez (Migration Hub), Edith Kimani (DW), Matthew Karnitschnig (Politico)

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Ana María Álvarez Monge (Founder and CEO, Migration Hub) from Costa Rica is founder of the social enterprise Migration Hub Network in Germany. She says: "We should take the pact as a starting point for future cooperation and civil society engagement. Beware though the politicians’ alarming narrative.”


Matthew Karnitschnig (Politico) is Politico chief Europe correspondent based in Berlin. His statement: "Unfortunately, populists have poisoned the debate to such an extent that the facts about it don't matter."



Edith Kimani (DW), a DW collegue coming from Kenia to Berlin says: “Migration is as natural as the flow of rivers. We can channel it, slow it down, dam it up, but it will always be on the move. The pact is an acknowledgment of the inevitable.”