United Nation’s Global Migration compact has been met with rejection from several countries. Many countries have taken after Hungary and the US, who are on the front row of the rejection. The major and common element of the criticism is that the pact does not properly distinguish between legal and illegal migration.
Responses from Countries
While addressing the pact situation, Peter Szijjarto, Hungarian Foreign Minister, said the only thing the global migration pact will do to Europe’s situation is make it even worse because millions of people will be stimulated to set out, risking their lives and paying a lot to human smugglers. He emphasized that the pact is very dangerous for Europe because of its inclination towards legalizing illegal immigration as a fundamental human right – hence revealed that Hungary would not vote in favour of the pact during UN general assembly session, next year. Hungary will not be a part, in any form, of the approval process said Szijjarto.
Austria followed Hungary’s example. Austria disagrees with 17 out of the 23 points presented in the migration compact according to Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache. He said the country would vote against it to prevent bad things from happening. He added that the line between legal and illegal immigration must remain clearly drawn.
Czech Republic joined other EU countries rejecting the UN pact on November 14. The country said the pact does not present distinct differentiation regarding immigration.
Poland joined the list this week. The country rep said the pact does not guarantee security for Poland and could encourage illegal immigration. It explained that the pact does not guarantee the sovereign right of countries regarding who they allow into their country.
Bulgaria will also not be a part of the pact as well as Slovakia. Peter Pellegrini, Slovakian Prime Minister, said he has concerns about his country being forced to receive more than they can take.
And as expected, US is leading the way in this fight against the compact. The United States stated that it legalizes illegal immigration and harms sovereignty. The Israeli government said they are coordinating with the Trump administration.
The Australian government also declared it would not be signing the pact because it undermines its existing Immigration Policies.
What is more likely at the moment is that many other countries will join in kicking against the migration compact, hence it is not likely to be approved.
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