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Mar 26, 2019

FM: The UN global migration compact is about managing migration rather than stopping it

Speaking on public television on Tuesday, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the UN is acting as if there were no security risks involved with their migration plans

The foreign minister has highlighted how the UN global migration compact is about managing migration rather than stopping it.

Speaking on public television on Tuesday, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the UN is acting as if there were no security risks involved with their migration plans.

The minister pointed out that the United Nations document treats migration as a fundamental human right, and called this approach “nonsense”. “There is no law that says someone can pick a destination on a map at random and then cross dozens of borders illegally to get there,” he added.

Minister Szijjártó said the document is dangerous, as each country must choose which category it falls into — a transit country or a destination country — and it fails to recognize that countries may not want to choose either category.

The minister said the right of the Hungarian state to decide on whether migrants should enter the country is a sovereign one, adding that the European Union wanted to make the compact obligatory for all member states.