The March round of negotiations sought to address points of contention in the room that the co-facilitators felt needed to be cleared up before the Compact could progress. And by the end of the week in March, it seemed satisfactory consensus had been achieved.
However, the end of the April negotiations would suggest otherwise. Some member states are still of the opinion that only “basic” human rights belong to migrants, and that this Compact should take care to address only those migrants who already travel under “regular” pathways (like those with appropriate visa documentation).
As we head into the 4th round of negotiations members of Civil Society all over the world are in agreement: this Compact must be people-centered and as all-encompassing as possible, if it is to be a workable migration governance document.