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Brussels is doing all it can to implement the United Nations Global Migration Compact, Péter Szijjártó, the foreign minister, told public television. "But we will prevent this."

In Spain last year the number of illegal border crossings doubled, Szijjártó told current affairs channel M1. In Turkey, 50% more illegal migrants were apprehended than in 2017 and the number of arrivals in Cyprus has doubled. The UN migration pact has put wind in the sails of global migration as it focuses on managing rather than stopping migration, he said. He noted that 40 UN members had not even voted for the compact and so, he argued, it cannot serve as a genuine international reference point. Officials in Brussels made the compact’s adoption a matter of prestige even when Hungary made clear at the outset that there was no single European position to be represented, he said. Now they are doing everything they can in Brussels to lead the implementation of the global migration package, he said. “We will of course prevent this.” Szijjártó noted that 9 EU member states, or one-third, did not vote for the package. “So it’s not about European countries wanting to implement a global migration package as a united front,” the minister said.