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Thursday, 13 December 2018 08:17

Why these nations rejected the UN Migration Pact

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World leaders are meeting in Morocco as I write this, discussing a UN pact on migration. It is already a highly contentious issue, with many countries not going to the conference, and many not signing up for the pact. A Wiki piece puts it this way:

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) is a “intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, [that covers] all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner”. The United Nations conference to adopt the compact will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 10–11 December 2018. The Global Compact is not an international treaty, and it will not be formally binding under international law. However, as with similar U.N. agreements, it is a politically binding commitment. Joining Chile, the United States, Australia and Israel, eight European countries have announced they will refuse to participate at the Marrakesh conference and endorse the agreement, including Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Croatia, Latvia. Italy, Bulgaria and Belgium may join them in dissent.
One description of it makes it sound so benign and beneficial: “The non-binding UN pact is aimed at making migration safe and orderly. It addresses issues such as how to protect people who migrate, how to integrate them into new countries and how to return them to their home countries.”
But it has real problems. Let me discuss some of these. The main concern is that it is a pro-migration pact. However, many nations are aware of the harms of migration – certainly open-slather migration. Many nations see this as yet more globalist baloney, and more threats to national sovereignty. Perhaps the best way to make this case is to let the various nations themselves explain why they are not interested. Europe is especially at the forefront of all this, so let me look at how the continent is reacting, utilising the helpful Voice of Europe website. Let me start with Hungary. A recent article said this:
Hungary officially notified the United Nations on Tuesday that it is quitting the approval process of the Global Compact for Migration, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said. It has become clear that differences between Hungary’s position on migration and the UN’s approach are irreconcilable, Szijjarto told a press conference. “Hungary will maintain its position and no global package can change that”, he added. “We see migration processes from a different perspective,” he said. The UN believes that migration is unavoidable, beneficial and should be supported, while Hungary considers it a danger to Hungary and Europe, he said, adding that the UN’s aim was to encourage migration whereas Hungary’s goal was to stop it. The Global Compact for Migration includes some agreeable targets, such as taking action against human smugglers, but its effect will be contrary even to these, he said. A document that encourages migration will only benefit human smugglers because they can then convince more people to set off, telling them that they will be accepted in line with the global compact, Szijjarto said. Hungary’s position is that it would be unnatural to change the population of the continent and global efforts should instead be made to stop migration, he said.
France, which is in flames at the moment with its climate change taxes and out of control immigration, has many leaders saying no, including Marine Le Pen:
The leader of French political party, the National Rally has lashed out against President Macron for signing the UN Migration Pact. “We ask the president of the Republic, who is on the verge of signing the Marrakesh compact with a glorious disregard for consequences to renounce this act of betrayal. “If this text were to be signed, let me make it clear that the Rassemblement National would fight each measure there in every inch of the way,” Le Pen said at a press conference end November. Le Pen, who is a lawyer, explained the most important parts of the compact. “What it comes down to, in violation of all the principles the French Republic stands for, is delivering the country into the hands of parallel societies of alien origin by granting diasporas… “full legal recognition, and then give them the means of public action and their own financial capacity such as the creation of investment funds for those diasporas,” she added.
In Austria, further concerns:
Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache defends his country’s choice to pullout of the UN migration pact saying he’s only concerned with what is best for Austrians. “We are only responsible to our Austrian population as government officials. Austrian sovereignty has top priority for us, this must be preserved and protected,” according to the leader of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), Kronen Zeitung reports. Mr. Strache said that the migration pact would also create a possibility that “people who are unlawfully coming to Austria are legally compliant.” “In the government’s program, we have promised to stop illegal migration, to protect citizens’ safety, and to protect the borders,” he said and added that voters would question the government if they reneged on that promise by signing the pact.
Many in the UK are also fighting this. For example, Janice Atkinson, MEP, has warned that the Pact will flood Europe with 59 million migrants:
Plenty of ordinary Brits also want out:
The petition demanding that the UK government REJECT the United Nations Global Migration Compact has already surpassed the Parliamentary requirement for debate. The petition went from 10,000 signatures 11 days ago to passing the 100,000 mark today. among others have been promoting the petition. As of yet, there has been no response from the government, which falls in line with their previous record of signing such things without the consent of the British public (Lisbon and Maastricht for example). The list of countries refusing to sign the compact is growing amidst global public opposition to the proposed ideology that all migration is a human right, therefore removing the possibility of any being ‘illegal’. It also makes any criticism of migration as criminally punishable ‘hate speech’.
Even Sweden is getting into the act:
Around 1000 Swedes gathered outside Parliament in Stockholm to protest against the UN Migration Pact on Saturday. Plenty of Swedish flags, placards and yellow vests were seen. Children participated as well. “We are not extremists. We are ordinary Swedes”, shouted the protesters. “It’s not about political colours, it’s about the people, one of the speakers”, journalist Katerina Janouch stated. “I am here for the 9-year-old girl who was raped and beaten in a junk room. I am here for all the women who no longer dare go out. “I am here for the poor elderly who paid tax their whole lives and now are forced to starve. I am here for the homeless. I am here for those who don’t get what the social contract promises.” According to Janouch, all Swedes, regardless of political affiliation, should participate in the demonstrations and protest against the politics in Sweden. “We don’t need more division in this country. It is the ones in power that want us to turn against each other. We need to unite. I want the Swedish people to stand together against the abuse of power that’s going on in Parliament. “We will not give up”, she continued.
And consider Israel:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that Israel will not be signing the United Nations’ global migration pact set to be signed next month in Marrakech, Morocco. Israel must protect its borders. The Prime Minister said in a statement: “I instructed the Foreign Ministry to announce that Israel won’t participate [in the Marrakech gathering] and won’t sign the migration pact”. He further states: “We have a duty to guard against illegal infiltrators.” The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is due to be formally approved at the 11-12 December meeting in Marrakech. Jewish Nation-State Law requires the government “to stand up for a clear migration policy that protects our borders from illegal infiltrators.”
Also, Italy:
As President Trump said when speaking before the UN on 25 September, “Migration should not be governed by an international body unaccountable to our own citizens,” and Gianluca Savoini, a member of Italy’s Lega party, has said much the same on Friday. He believes that Italy should not sign the UN Global Migration Pact that threatens the country’s sovereignty and the nation’s cultural and religious identity.
And this from Poland:
Poland’s Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinsk said on Tuesday during a meeting of the G6 interior ministers in Lyon that Warsaw should not approve the UN migration deal. Quoted by the Interior Ministry’s twitter account stating it was a threat to the national security: “The UN migration agreement is not in line with the priorities of the Polish government, which are ensuring security of Polish citizens and maintaining control over the migration flows”. His opinion is that the draft UN migration deal would put Poland’s security at risk, and may encourage illegal migration.
The political group Europe of Nations and Freedom said this about the pact:
MEP Marcel de Graaff, Co-President of the ENF and leader of the Party for Freedom in the European Parliament, held a press conference regarding the UN Migration Compact of Marrakesh. In his speech de Graaff warns for the UN’s plans with the compact as it will make criticising migration a criminal offence and will lead to legalising mass migration. The Europe of Nations and Freedom co-President calls it “a coup d’etat of pro-migration liberal globalists, which will greatly benefit multinationals”.
Islam expert Bill Warner said this about it:
This UN Migration Compact is an attempt to make hijra (Islamic migration) a human right, while at the same time undermining a nation’s sovereignty. All Western nations should withdraw unless their goal is to establish Sharia. The seeds of this UN Compact were planted back in the 70’s when the Economic European Community (which later became the European Union) and the Arab League established their vision for “Eurabia”.
The number of countries refusing to get involved in the Pact is growing. We will have to see what happens over the next two days in Marrakesh. Sadly many nations will still sign up, although many less than first expected:
More than 150 countries will join a United Nations conference to adopt a global pact to better handle migrant flows, a senior U.N. official said on Sunday, less than the number that initially worked on the plan. In July, all 193 U.N. members except the United States finalised the so-called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to better handle migration. Since then, the text has come under fire from European politicians who say it could increase immigration. At least six European Union members – mostly in formerly Communist Eastern Europe – have shunned the accord.
I will add any new and significant developments to this story as they come along.
Bill Muehlenberg

Author, Blogger and Speaker 

Bill Muehlenberg, who was born in America, lives in Melbourne. He is married to an Australian, Averil, and has three sons. He has a BA with honours in philosophy (Wheaton College, Chicago), a MA with highest honours in theology (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston), and is working on a PhD in theology. He is Secretary of the Family Council of Victoria. He was formerly the National Vice President of the Australian Family Association. He was formerly the National Research Coordinator at Focus on the Family.

He currently continues an independent ministry in pro-faith and pro-family activism. He is head of an apologetics/ethics ministry called CultureWatch, started in January 2006. This interactive blogsite features over 3,300 articles and 52,000 comments.