Canada committed to signing UN migration pact: minister

Despite angry protests from right-wing political activists both here and abroad, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says Canada is committed to signing onto the United Nations pact on migration.

Hussen says the Global Compact on Migration is an important agreement that will set out, for the first time, an official international framework for countries to work together on the causes and impacts of migration.

For Canada, one of the key benefits will be an opportunity to work with source countries of irregular asylum seekers.

However, a movement of protest against the agreement has grown, leading to several countries to quit the compact, including Australia, Israel, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Italy, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

The United States will also not sign the compact.

Hussen is in Morocco where a U-N summit on migration is to kick off next week.