• In honor of the upcoming International Migrants Day, we release our revised U.S. national statement on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) [117 KB]. The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to safe, orderly, and humane migration around the world, including to the United States. We commit to working with other countries to enhance cooperation to manage migration in ways that are grounded in human rights, transparency, nondiscrimination, responsibility-sharing, and State sovereignty.
  • The GCM is an aspirational document that expresses a common, voluntary political intention and intended course of action for States to pursue. It reflects a vision that the United States aspires to achieve to the extent consistent with our laws, regulations, policies, and particular obligations under international law – while also seeking, where appropriate, to improve our domestic laws and policies.
  • The GCM reaffirms the sovereign right of States to determine their national migration policy and their prerogative to govern migration within their jurisdiction, in conformity with international law, while also critically recognizing that international migration is an inherently transnational phenomenon that no State can or should address alone.

U.S. Department of State

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