“There are no human rights linked to the illegal crossing of borders or the arbitrary choosing of target countries, and accordingly whenever the European Union takes action with relation to migration, it must always set out from the foundations of international law, which makes it clear that migration is not a human right”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó declared at a press conference on Monday.

Mr. Szijjártó was attending a meeting of foreign minsters from the European Union and the countries involved in the Eastern Partnership programme in Luxembourg.

“Hungary has made it clear that it will not be participating in the adoption process of the UN Global Compact for Migration, and several other countries are also expected to join this position before the end of the year”, he stated.

“The Migration Compact must not be adopted, because it represents a danger to the world and is at odds with Europe’s interests”, Mr. Szijjártó underlined.

“It is shameful, and accordingly we are disappointed in this regard, the way the European Union has represented, or more precisely has not represented Europe’s interests during the negotiations on the UN Global Compact for migration”, Mr, Szijjártó declared.

He said the statement by EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, according to which migration is the right solution for the EU for economic reasons and with respect to handling the demographic situation, was unfounded.

“Hungary does not agree. Neither demographic problems not job market challenges can be solved through migration. And this is something everyone must respect, because these issues fall exclusively within a national sphere of competence”, he said.

“Hungary can provide successful responses via education and family policy, and maintains the right to make such decisions itself”, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade underlined.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)