The international community should focus its efforts not on organising or encouraging migration, but rather on stopping it, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in New York on Monday.
Addressing the UN’s intergovernmental debate on its migration package, Szijjártó 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, Szijjártó 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.
Szijjártó 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.
Szijjártó 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.
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