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Hungary will withdraw from UN global compact on migration

Hungary will withdraw from a UN global agreement on migration, because the agreement is not only “in conflict with common sense” but also with national security. And Brussels is retaliating.

Published: July 20, 2018, 9:00 am

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    It the second country after the US to reject the agreement. “The primary issue for us is the security of Hungary and the Hungarian people, and this document is totally at odds with the country’s security interests,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó said in Budapest on Wednesday.

    “According to the Government’s position, the UN Global Compact for Migration is in conflict with common sense and also with the intent to restore European security.”

    Officially known as the “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration,” it was created to “support social cohesion” Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Friday.

    The US pulled out of talks in December, arguing that it could undermine America’s right to enforce its immigration laws and secure its borders.

    “The United States supports international cooperation on migration issues, but it is the primary responsibility of sovereign states to help ensure that migration is safe, orderly, and legal,” the US Secretary of State said at the time.

    According to Szijjártó the UN document accepted as a fundamental premise the idea that migration is a good and unavoidable phenomenon. “The Government regards this premise as unacceptable and regard migration as a bad process that has extremely serious security aspects,” he said. He added that while the UN document defines migration as a human-rights issue, it is much more of a security issue.

    President Trump spoke with Prime Minister Viktor Orban by phone last month, congratulating him on the formation of the new government and agreeing “on the need for strong national borders,” according to the White House.

    In response, the European Commission on Thursday however stepped up a legal battle against Hungary over its “Stop Soros” law, Reuters reported.

    The EU executive announced in a statement that it will charge Hungary in the EU Court of Justice “for noncompliance of its asylum and return legislation with EU law”.

    The legal procedure that could ultimately lead to financial sanctions on Budapest if the court rules in Brussels’ favour.

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