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Hungary takes the lead in rejecting the mendacious UN Refugee Pact too

Similarly to the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration, Hungary has also rejected the UN Global Refugee Pact. The foreign minister said on Friday that the document was dangerous and could encourage even more migration.

Published: December 10, 2018, 7:46 am

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    The UN’s Global Compact for Migration has a “sister document”, the Global Compact on Refugees, Peter Szijjarto told a press conference. This pact, he explained, was about “bringing in through a back door whoever they can’t bring in through the main gate with the migration pact”.

    Although this deal is ostensibly about “refugees”, it is really about “how they can try to classify as refugees those who arrive as illegal migrants”, Szijjarto said.

    “We have had plenty of debates with UN bureaucrats on who can be classified as a refugee. We are well aware that what we are facing is an illegal migrant crisis rather than a refugee crisis,” he added.

    Szijjarto said there were relentless and serious international efforts to bring illegal migrants into Europe and North America. It is not by chance that the United States has rejected both compacts, he said.

    Refugee issues have been regulated by plenty of international conventions, and there is no need for “bypassing the UN member states” with another deal to force them into accepting illegal migrants re-classified as “refugees”.

    The “buzzword” of the document is sharing burdens, the same as it was when the European Union tried to impose migrant quotas on member states, the minister said. When Hungary insisted on inserting the “voluntary principle” into the text, its proposal was rejected outright. “This was a telltale sign”, according to Szijjarto.

    The Refugee Compact requires the member states to allow migrants to travel “freely and without control” within the country, while arrests and detentions must be cut back, Szijjarto said. This is an attempt to render illegal border crossings inconsequential, “and thus create a security risk we cannot tolerate”, he said.

    According to conservative estimates, about 30 to 35 million people live “in the immediate vicinity of Europe” in conditions that could prompt them to leave for the EU “at any time”.

    Both UN’s compacts would encourage them to emigrate. The Minister said Hungary will vote against the Global Refugee Pact on December 17.

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