Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Austria joins Hungary and the US and won't sign UN migration pact

The Global Compact for Sage, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved in July by all 193 UN member nations with the exception of the US. The US pulled out last year.  

Hungary have said they won't sign the final document in Morocco in December. Poland's also considering refusing to sign it, having conflicts with Brussels over refusing quotas for asylum seekers.  

And now, "Austria won't join the UN migration pact," Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has stated. Kurz is a conservative and leads Austria’s coalition with the Freedom Party.  

"We view some points of the migration pact very critically, such as the mixing up of seeking protection with labour migration," Kurz said, arguing that migrants rescued in the Mediterranean shouldn't be brought straight to Europe.  

Vienna's currently holding the rotating presidency of the EU and their stepping back from the pact's more evidence of the dissolution of the 28-nation bloc over migration.  

Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the Freedom Party told a news conference after a cabinet meeting that Austria had concerns that thought the pact's non-binding, it could one day lead to deciding migrations is a human right. "We reject any movement in that direction," Strache expressing their sovereignty issues.  

UN officials haven't made a comment on Vienna’s decision but Austria won't send an envoy to the signing ceremony in Morocco and will abstain from the General Assembly vote on the pact next year, according to Kurz’s office.

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