Czech PM wants to leave global migration pact

Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babiš answers media questions in Villa Kramar, Prague, Czech Republic, 26 October 2018. [Filip Singer/EPA/EFE]

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Thursday (1 November) he wanted to pull the Czech Republic out of a United Nations migration deal and would discuss this with his governing coalition partner, news website idnes.cz reported.

He spoke a day after Austria said it would follow the United States and Hungary in backing out of the UN pact over concerns that it would blur the line between legal and illegal migration. A minister in Poland’s arch-conservative government has also recommended his country quit the agreement.

Commission regrets Austria's decision not to sign the global migration pact

Austria will follow the United States and Hungary in backing out of a United Nations pact on migration over concerns that it will blur the line between legal and illegal migration, the right-wing government told media on Wednesday (31 October). The EU Commission regretted the decision. 

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved in July by all 193 U.N. member nations except US President Donald Trump’s administration, which backed out last year. The pact is due to be signed next month in Morocco.

Babiš told lawmakers during a Q&A session in parliament that he disliked the agreement, according to idnes, and would propose backing out to his ruling partner, the Social Democrats.

The Czechs have stood with central European neighbours like Hungary and Poland in maintaining a hardline anti-immigrant stance during the course of the European Union’s struggle to stem migration to the bloc by migrants fleeing conflict and deprivation, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.

Central European states refused to endorse a Brussels-prescribed quota system to share asylum seekers among all EU member states, a plan dropped earlier this year.

Visegrad nations united against mandatory relocation quotas

When it comes to migration and refugees, the Visegrad 4 governments speak with one voice: the EU should abandon any idea of a compulsory mechanism for refugee relocation. EURACTIV’s network reports.

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