Hungary has decided to back out of the United Nations migration pact before it’s even formally approved, saying it poses a “threat to the world.”
Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto made the final announcement Wednesday, but he’s been warning the UN and his government for the past week the migration pact will increase the number of migrants coming to Europe, and therefore increase the number of migrants his country will have to shelter, Reuters reported.
“This document is entirely against Hungary’s security interests,” Szijjarto said at a news conference Wednesday.
The UN finalized this first-ever global compact on migration, formally titled the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, on Friday. However, it won’t be formally adopted by member states until December, according to the UN press release.
The agreement aims “to improve governance and international understanding of migration, to address the challenges associated with migration today, and to strengthen the contribution of migrants and migration to sustainable development,” according to the released statement.
The U.S. decided to also pass on the migration accord in 2017, with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley saying it was “simply not compatible with U.S. sovereignty.” (RELATED: US Tells The UN It Will Forge Its Own Path On Immigration)
The U.S. Mission to the UN tweeted the following statement on Dec. 2, 2017, saying the Trump administration’s policies on immigration are inconsistent with those of former President Barack Obama’s administration, in which such talks were first proposed, and therefore the U.S. has to end its participation with the accord.
Ambassador Nikki Haley: “America is proud of our immigrant heritage and our long-standing moral leadership in providing support to migrant and refugee populations across the globe…But our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone.” pic.twitter.com/By2ObmBrEy
— US Mission to the UN (@USUN) December 3, 2017
“The UN’s migration package is an unbalanced and dangerous document because it further inspires the processes that have posed many dangers to Europe in recent years,” Szijjarto said in a statement issued on the Hungarian government’s website Monday.
“This pact poses a threat to the world from the aspect that it could inspire millions [of migrants],” he said.
The agreement will be formally adopted by the remaining member states on Dec. 10 and 11 in Marrakesh, Morocco.
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