Szijjarto: Migration must be stopped, not managed

International efforts should focus on helping people living peacefully in their homelands rather than trying to legalise illegal migration, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told a United Nations intergovernmental meeting in New York on Monday.

Migration should not be managed, it must be stopped,” Szijjarto told the meeting dedicated to the UN’s global migration package. Hungary rejects the position that migration is good, because “it is bad for those that are forced to leave their homes, it is bad for transit countries and it poses a challenge for destination countries, too,” he insisted.

Migration is not a fundamental human right; living peacefully and in good conditions in one’s homeland is, Szijjarto said. He added that protecting borders is “not an option but a responsibility” for countries. He added that when people are forced to leave their homeland, they should be helped to “stay as close as possible and once the conflict is over, return home”.

Hungary “attributes great importance” to the discussion on the global migration package, because the decision to be made will “determine the future of our children and grandchildren for the long run”, Szijjarto said, and pointed to “some fundamental questions such as whether we want security and order”.

Szijjarto insisted that Hungarian voters had “clearly expressed their position” on migration in a national survey and in the April 8 national election. He added that his government’s “number one goal” is to ensure security for the country and its people.

The United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration plan can be regarded in its current form as an African migration package due to the fact that it “clearly benefits Africa while hurting Europe”, Szijjarto said earlier.

Accepting the compact in its current form would mean for Europe to “give up” on all its efforts to fight against migration, he said. The draft in its current forms contains changes that not only establish the existence of migration as a fact but describe it as “desirable”, Szijjarto told MTI.

These changes include incentives such as granting migrants benefits and entitlement to services either in a transit country or the country chosen as a destination which would further promote migration, he said.

They also include the decriminalisation of illegal border crossings, he said, noting that the provision containing to regard these offences as “an administrative issue” would seriously undermine the security of individual states.

The draft also contains defining migration as the best possible solution to demographic problems and labour shortages, Szijjarto said, adding that Hungary’s answer to these problems is in measures aimed at developing education and supporting families in raising more children.

It further calls on the international community to provide funding for supporting migration and the future education of migrants, and urges the target countries to take in as many migrants as possible which is “insane”, Szijjarto said. If accepted, the global compact will hurt Europe and radically change the composition of its peoples, the minister said.

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Hungary backs Maria Fernanda Espinosa, the Ecuadorian foreign minister, in her bid for President of the UN’s General Assembly, Szijjarto said. Hungary takes the UN resolutions on sustainable development goals seriously, and will in July prepare a voluntary progress report, focusing on issues around water and water management, Szijjarto said. Hungarian expertise in that area is in high demand worldwide, he said. In the upcoming period, water and access to water will be crucial issues, severely impacting peace and security, he said. Hungary can supply technology that would help water to become a source of peace and not war, he said.

Source and photo: MTI

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