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Mar 02, 2018

The Hungarian government will submit a 12-point proposal to the UN regarding draft package on migration

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, announced that he will submit the proposal to the head of the UN General Assembly during his opening address to an international conference focusing on the UN’s migration package in Budapest

The Hungarian government will submit a 12-point proposal to the United Nations regarding their draft package on migration.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, announced that he will submit the proposal to the head of the UN General Assembly during his opening address to an international conference focusing on the UN’s migration package in Budapest.

The minister said the proposal includes measures aimed at guaranteeing the safety of Hungarians and focuses on the risks migration can pose.

He said that if the 12-point proposal does not get incorporated into the UN package, Hungary will not be in a position to support the community’s draft.

The minister added that migration is dangerous and carries serious national security risks, as has been proven over the recent period. It calls on the international community to give priority to measures aimed at halting migration.

What’s more, the proposal establishes that the right to migration is not a basic human right. The proposal highlights the negative aspects of migration, including its effects on those forced to leave their homes and on transit countries.

It also points out that migration can force communities to take in and integrate a large number of people with a different cultural background. The international community should recognize the right of all to live in peace and security in their native land or, if this is impossible, in its closes neighborhood, he said.

The proposal also highlights the importance of eliminating human smuggling rings and punishing human smugglers. It declares the fundamental right of all countries to give priority to the security of their citizens and decide whom they allow to enter their territory, Minister Szijjártó said.

He added that the international community should support the efforts of all countries to preserve their identity, traditions and social structure.

The proposal also underlines that there are better methods for meeting demographic and labor market challenges than migration. It calls on the international community to support border protection measures by states affected by migration and enforce national and international regulations that punish illegal border crossing as a serious crime.

Finally, the minister said the migration package should not impose any legal obligation on the member states. The minister said the proposal would be submitted to EU and NATO member states as well.