Szijjarto: Migration is no human righ

The Hungarian government is convinced that “migration is a bad and dangerous trend” and will never agree with those who “encourage and organise” it, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in defence of Hungary’s report on migration at the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva on Tuesday.

Hungary is involved in a most serious international dispute concerning migration, Szijjarto said in response to questions about the report. Some people in the dispute are more concerned about illegal border violators than the security of the citizens in transit countries and destination countries, he insisted.

“The essence of the dispute is whether we recognise migration as a basic human right or not. We reject it and believe migration is not a basic human right; nobody has the right to wake up in the morning and pick a spot on the map where they want to move to, then set off and cross over there,”

he said.

“That is not a fundamental right and goes against all international regulations,”

he said.

Szijjarto argued that it was a fundamental human right to have a secure life, and that “everybody must be granted that right in their own homeland; if that is not possible, that right should be ensured in a safe country closest to one’s homeland.”

“Aid should be provided where there is a problem rather than importing it to a country which has so far been free of that problem.”

Concerning NGOs in Hungary, Szijjarto said that Hungary had over 61,000 such organisations, and insisted that it was a “legitimate expectation” that “bodies aimed at influencing public opinion” should make their finances transparent and “make it clear whom they represent”.

Touching upon Budapest’s Central European University, Szijjarto said that Hungary’s laws “apply to each university equally” and there are “no special stipulations” for one or the other.

“There are 20 foreign universities in Hungary but only one is complaining, one which has enjoyed illegitimate advantages,”

the minister said. In defence of the Hungarian higher education law, he said that under its stipulations “a university is allowed to issue degrees only of countries in which they offer courses.”

“We made it clear to the CEU that if they have courses in the US, they will not be restricted in issuing degrees (in Hungary),”

Szijjarto said.

Source and photo: MTI

Hungary Journal

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