Pam Barker | Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project
Just yesterday (Dec 18), the UN got its refugee compact overwhelmingly approved by all but 5 countries. This is not to be confused with the UN Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which was also recently signed onto and which has elicited significant backlash in a number of countries through public protests and online petitions. This was the compact that was publicly opposed by a group of French generals, who accused Macron of treason by signing onto it.
So why would Hungary and the US refuse to sign the new refugee compact?
This article titled Hungary to reject UN’s new global compact on refugees explains Hungary’s position on rejecting the UN refugee compact:
After rejecting the United Nation’s global compact on migration, Hungary has made it clear that it will reject the UN’s global compact on refugees, as it may encourage the emergence of new and dangerous migration flows, official sources said here on Saturday, Xinhua reported.
“With the global compact on refugees, the UN prepared the little brother of the global compact on migration, which opens the back door to those that cannot come in through the main entrance,” declared Peter Szijjarto (pictured with Viktor Orban), Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, quoted by the government’s website.
“Although this package is about refugees, in recent years there have been more international debates on how to try to identify illegal immigrants as refugees,” he explained, adding “We had many debates with the bureaucrats of the United Nations on who can be qualified as a refugee. We know for a fact that we are facing an illegal immigration crisis here in Europe, not a refugee crisis.”
The Center for Immigration Studies in an article titled Avoiding the Quicksand of the Global Compact on Refugees lists the following reasons why the US refused to sign:
A key problem with both the refugee and migration compacts is the misleading nature of their so-called non-legally-binding character. The fact is, these UN agreements create a new model for international lawmaking, one that will shape state behavior and create new norms that will eventually form the basis for a self-enforcing international human rights law.
It redefines resettlement beyond urgent refugee protection to include responsibility-sharing to help host countries with the “burdens” they face;
It increases resettlement admissions, and pushes for faster and more flexible means of resettlement processing;
It facilitates access to family reunification and includes extended family members who would not otherwise be eligible under existing refugee resettlement mechanisms;
It encourages other pathways for admission as “complements” to resettlement; and it gives official protection not just to refugees (i.e., those fall under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees), but to internally displaced and stateless people as well, widening the scope of international responsibility and burden-sharing to millions more.
So a larger number of people – illegals? – will fall within the ‘refugee’ category under this compact, and see the individual nation state as having to conform more and more to an international legal framework. Another globalist, one world government manoeuvre.
Crushing majority adopts UN Refugee Compact
The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly adopted a refugee deal to strengthen their international management. This text that has not received as much attention as the recently adopted Global Compact on Migration.
NEW YORK – The resolution on the Refugee Compact was approved by 181 countries at the UN General Assembly on 18 December. Only two countries voted against it: the United States and Hungary. Three abstained: the Dominican Republic, Eritrea and Libya.
The Trump administration had recently explained that while it supported most of the text, it was against some elements, such as the one aimed at limiting possible detentions of people seeking asylum in another country. Hungary, for its part, affirmed that the United Nations did not need a new legal instrument on the subject.
Like the highly controversial Global Compact on Migration , the one on refugees claims to be “non-binding”. However, unlike the Marrakesh Pact, negotiations of the refugee deal went relatively unnoticed.
Written under the leadership of the Geneva-based High Commissioner for Refugees and directed by the Italian Filippo Grandi, the aim of the latter is to foster an “adequate international response” to the massive refugee movements and the current refugee situations.
The document includes four key objectives: easing pressure on host countries; increasing the autonomy of refugees; expanding access to third-country solutions; and helping to create the conditions in the countries of origin necessary for the return of refugees in safety and dignity.
“No country should be left alone to deal with a massive influx of refugees,” said Filippo Grandi, welcoming a “historic” decision by the UN: “Refugee crises call for a global sharing of responsibilities and the Compact is a powerful expression of how we work together in today’s fragmented world.”
The new Compact will “strengthen the assistance and protection of the 25 million refugees identified in the world,” the president of the UN General Assembly, the Ecuadorian Maria Fernanda Espinosa told AFP. “More than 85 percent of the world’s refugees are hosted by low- and middle-income countries… We need to support communities and states that host refugees,” she added.
Two countries faced with massive population movements intervened before the vote. Syria, stressing that the debate should not be politicized, asked the “Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees for more efforts for the return of Syrian refugees”.
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