Hungary votes No to the U.N.'s Migration Compact for attempting to ‘legalise illegal immigration’

Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó confirmed Hungary will be voting “No” to the United Nations’ (U.N.) Global Compact for Safe and Orderly Migration in Marrakesh, Morocco, next month, saying the government’s main issue with the Compact is “whether or not it is mandatory, and in view of the fact that the document contains the word ‘obligation’ on eighty occasions, the claim that it only includes recommendations is a false one. A legally not binding document would not prescribe the establishment of national action plans, and accordingly it is ‘clearer than day’ that, just like the originally voluntary mandatory quota, the Global Compact for Migration will become a point of reference, mandatory, and the basis for international judicial decisions.

Minister Szijjártó said the UN Migration Pact for attempting to “legalise illegal immigration. The goal of the UN Global Compact for Migration is to legalise illegal immigration, which is totally unacceptable and violates the sovereignty of member states, including that of Hungary. The UN is making the same mistake as the European Union, which wants to base its own migration policy on mandatory resettlement quotas.” He continued, “The UN Compact is more dangerous, however, because it is a global initiative, meaning it will have a greater effect than [European] policy, and represents a risk to the whole world.

Several other countries, including the United States, Australia, and Israel have said that they will not sign the document. Dutch Member of European Parliament (MEP) and Co-President of the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group Marcel de Graaff said, “it is still the legal framework on which the participating countries commit themselves to build new legislation.” Calling it “a legalisation of mass migration” and “It’s declaring migration a human right.”

Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is responsible for the European migrant crisis that started in 2014, made an impassioned defence of the U.N. Migration Compact, saying there should be “no compromise” on global mass migration and condemned opposition as “nationalism in its purest form.”

Belgian law professor Pierre d’Argent warned that the migration document, like other U.N. agreements, could be used by lawyers in interpreting laws and as a basis for making criticism of mass migration illegal, saying, “One basic element of this new agreement is the extension of the definition of hate speech … Criticism of migration will become a criminal offence. Media outlets that give room to criticism of migration can be shut down.” de Graaff added, “In fact, it will become impossible to criticize Merkel’s ‘welcome migrants’ politics without being at risk to be jailed for hate speech.” German law professor Matthias Herdegen noted the U.N. compact occupied a “legal grey area” which “gives the impression of [state] liability.”