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International institutions that make decisions and adopt documents that encourage migration “are making a huge mistake”, Hungary’s foreign minister said. Péter Szijjártó spoke from New York ahead of attending a United Nations Security Council session on managing the impact of climate-related disasters on international peace and security. He said the UN’s Global Compact for Migration, by promoting migration as a human right, posed a serious global risk. He also criticised the compact for declaring each country either an origin, transit or destination country in the migration process.
The minister said his address to the session would cover the problems posed by climate change as well as demographic booms in certain regions that he said will all lead to increased illegal migration.
Some 200 million people will be forced to leave their homes by 2050, he said, warning that the international community should concentrate on preventing these waves instead of encouraging them. He also slammed Brussels’s migration policy for pushing for migrant quotas. These documents and policies, he said, ignore the rights of countries that want to be neither origin, transit, nor destination countries for migrants. Hungary is one of these countries, he added.