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Hungary threatens to quit UN migration pact talks

Hungary could quit UN talks on a migration pact because its pro-migration tone threatened Hungary’s security interests, the foreign minister said on Thursday.

Published: February 8, 2018, 9:55 am

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    “The UN wants to create a pact that encourages migration, we are of the opposite view, and if the first draft (of this pact) in February takes this line … the question is why we would have to take part in this debate?”, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told M1 state television.

    According to Szijjarto migration posed a global danger and must be stopped.

    The 193-member UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration in 2016, known as the New York Declaration, in which they agreed to negotiate the pact, as the number of “refugees” has risen to a record 21.3 million globally, Reuters reported.

    The Hungarian Immigration Office meanwhile has revealed that Budapest in 2017 received and accomodated 1 291 refugees who had reached the Hungarian border, granting them humanitarian protection. Most of those refugees came from Afghanistan and Syria.

    “The government campaign against the alleged Soros plan and the danger represented by immigrants is a big fat lie in the light of these figures,” the opposition parties claimed.

    But Szijjarto rebutted the claims, saying that the reception was not a “secret”.

    “People who qualify for refugee status or protection according to the Geneva Convention have nothing to do with the illegal immigrants the European Union wants to bring here based on the mandatory resettlement quota. So it’s a totally independent issue. According to the Geneva Convention, we are not accepting refugees secretly, it’s a constant procedure that all countries are doing basically non-stop, because of someone comes and issues an application, we have to handle it,” Szijjarto said.

    Hungary was expected to receive 1 294 illegal immigrants, relocated from Italy and Greece, but the government has always rejected the quota system, despite a verdict of the EU Court.

    The government led by Viktor Orban is focusing his electoral campaign on measures against immigration and the imposed EU quota system.

    The quota agreement only requires EU Member States to process asylum applications in proportion to a respective country’s population and economic strength, which is 1 294 procedures in Hungary’s case. In theory, Hungary could reject all 1 294 asylum applications and still fulfill the quota’s requirements.

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