Hungary sends proposals to UN migration compact

The Hungarian government has approved a 12-point proposal concerning the United Nations’ draft package on migration and will submit it to the head of the UN General Assembly, the foreign minister said on Thursday.

The proposal includes measures aimed at guaranteeing the safety of Hungarians, Peter Szijjarto said in his opening address to an international conference focusing on the UN’s migration package in Budapest.

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, he said.

Expounding the proposal, Szijjarto said 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. Further, it establishes that the right to migration is not a basic human right, he said.

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 minister said.

The international community should recognise the right of all to live in peace and security in their native land or, if this is impossible, in its closes neighbourhood, Szijjarto said.

The proposal stresses the need to eliminate human smuggling rings and punish human smugglers, he said.

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, Szijjarto said.

The international community should support the efforts of all countries to preserve their indentity, traditions and social structure, he said.

The proposal underlines that there are better methods for meeting demographic and labour market challenges than migration, Szijjarto said.

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, Szijjarto said.

Finally, the migration package should not impose any legal obligation on the member states, he said.

Szijjarto said the proposal would be submitted to EU and NATO member states as well.

Source and photo: MTI

Hungary Journal

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