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Dec 07, 2018

FM: The UN is making the same mistake with its Global Migration Compact as the EU made with mandatory migrant settlement quotas

Péter Szijjártó, Minister Of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the UN compact would cause even greater problems than the EU quotas because the latter only applied to Europe but the former would create disorder around the world

Hungary’s foreign minister has said the United Nations is making the same mistake with its Global Migration Compact as the European Union made with mandatory migrant settlement quotas.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister Of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the UN compact would cause even greater problems than the EU quotas because the latter only applied to Europe but the former would create disorder around the world.

During a meeting of foreign ministers attending an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Milan, Minister Szijjártó said UN emphasizes the positives of migration without noting the security risks, which is misleading.

The minister added that the migration wave of 2015 caught Europe by surprise and some 400,000 illegal migrants passed through Hungary. Among the conclusions that had to be drawn, the first was that illegal migration was a dangerous process, he added.

Minister Szijjártó pointed out that uncontrolled migration gives an opportunity to terrorist organizations to send their fighters to previously peaceful areas. Migration processes destabilize countries of origin and transit countries alike, and they cause serious problems in destination countries, he added.

“We experienced that a large majority of migrants refused to respect local customs, regulations, culture or behavioral norms,” the minister said. As a result of mass illegal migration, the threat of terrorism in Europe is greater than ever before, as clearly demonstrated by the more than thirty attacks committed by persons with a migratory background, he added.