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Feb 02, 2018 - Zoltán Kovács

PM Orbán: the UN’s migration package looks like it was copied from the Soros plan

An “alliance of common sense” is in the making, said Prime Minister Orbán, countries that ask where it would lead if we accept the right to migration as a fundamental human right and allow the UN to oversee international migration. Hungary will not participate in anything that runs counter to its security interests.

“The UN is valuable, but we must not let it establish principles that go against Hungary’s interests,” the prime minister said during his regular Friday morning interview on Hungarian public radio. What we already know about the package is at odds with the Hungarian position on migration.

Among other measures, the United Nations compact on migration would call upon member states to reduce the criminalization of illegal border crossing and speed up administrative procedures related to migration. In other words, the UN compact would impinge upon a country’s ability to exercise control over its borders. According to the prime minister, it is not simply that the UN plans to involve NGOs in managing migration, but the approach of the migration draft is very much reminiscent of the Soros plan.

“Hungary has had bad experiences with NGOs,” PM Orbán pointed out, “The fake civic organizations dealing with migration are eating out of George Soros’ hand.”

Once the draft text is published next Monday, the government will formulate a response. Although it’s not a good sign that the United States has already left the negotiating table, Prime Minister Orbán emphasized that he’ll only take Hungary’s national interests into consideration, independently of any US position on the issue.

“An alliance of common sense is forming,” the prime minister said, “composed of countries that pose the question: where will it lead if we accept the right to migration as a fundamental human right and let the UN oversee international migration?” He pointed to Australia, New-Zealand and Japan as “exemplary” countries with “hardline migration policies.”

Regarding his visit to Vienna this week, Prime Minister Orbán said that “new winds are blowing” in Austria. The former Austrian government sometimes took an anti-Hungary position, but from now on we can expect a fair and respectful pro-Hungary attitude from the new government. “Some conflicts will persist, but our approach aims to build upon the positive traditions of our historical experiences,” he added.