Szijjarto: We must stop migration instead of organising it

The international community should focus its efforts not on organising or encouraging migration, but rather on stopping it, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in New York on Monday.

Addressing the UN’s intergovernmental debate on its migration package, Szijjarto expressed Hungary’s disagreement with the document’s premise that migration is a positive and unstoppable phenomenon.

Over the past few years, “parallel societies” have emerged in many places in Europe as a result of migration, Szijjarto told the debate. The threat of terrorism has also risen, he added.

But in Hungary’s experience, migration can be stopped, the minister said. He argued that Hungary had faced “tremendous” migration pressure at its southern border but had managed to protect the border through enormous efforts and at great expense.

Szijjarto said the UN and its documents should serve to protect the sovereignty, identity and security of the organisation’s member states so that they can decide for themselves whom they allow into their territory. No international organisation or document can pressure a country to change its social composition, he said.

Szijjarto noted that Hungary has submitted a 12-point proposal to the UN concerning its migration package. Hungary will not approve the document until its proposals are incorporated into it, he said.

Hungary wants the United Nations to declare that migration is dangerous, he told Hungarian news agency MTI. “Nobody may take away anyone’s security, sovereignty or identity; not even the United Nations,” Szijjarto said.

Source and photo: MTI

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