Péter Szijjártó, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary, addresses the general debate of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 25 September - 01 October 2018).
Speaking at the 73rd annual General Debate in today in New York, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó denounced the Global Compact on Migration as a “strongly biased, unbalanced and extremely pro-migration document” which will cause “many harms to the world by encouraging further massive, illegal migratory waves.”
Strongly criticizing European Union’s handling of the so-called "migrant crisis in Europe" from 2015, Péter Szijjártó, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Hungary said “based on experiences of the last years, international efforts should aim to stop the migratory flows. And those policies that encourage further migratory waves – these are harmful, thus must be ended immediately.”
Minister proceeded to explain that “these migrants have violated our borders, they have disrespected our regulations, our culture, the way we live our life. These migrants attack the police, they rejected any kind of cooperation with the local authorities, they have occupied public areas, they have threatened people and families.”
Szijjártó said the Global Compact on Migration – the first-ever UN global agreement on a common approach to international migration, aimed at better managing migration at all levels, “is very dangerous.”
He said Hungary “strongly disagree with the basic approach of the Global Compact on Migration which tries to portray migration as if it was defining the future of our globalized world and making us the countries of origin, transit and destination” adding in “Hungary, does not want to be any of these three.”
The United Nations estimates that there are over 258 million migrants around the world living outside their country of birth. This figure is expected to grow for a number of reasons including population growth, increasing connectivity, trade, rising inequality, demographic imbalances and climate change. The UN believes that migration provides immense opportunity and benefits – for the migrants, host communities and communities of origin.
According to its foreign minister, the government of Hungary however, categorically opposes these findings.
“Instead of looking at migration”, Hungarian Minister said, “we will continuously modernize our education system and we will help families to be able to raise more kids to address the challenges of labour market and demography in the meantime. And we will preserve Hungary as a Hungarian country which is proud of its history and heritage.”
In September 2016 the General Assembly decided, through the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.
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