Austria takes issue with UN migration pact
Vienna, Austria - Austria expressed reservations on Wednesday about a UN migration pact that is set to be adopted in December but has come under fire from EU members hostile to immigration, such as Hungary and Poland.
“There are a couple of points diametrically opposed to our government programme,” said Austria’s vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, head of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) that currently shares power with the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP).
The Global Compact for Migration, whose final text was backed by UN member states in July after 18 months of negotiations, pledges to boost coopera- tion in addressing the world’s growing flows of migrants.
Without detailing exactly which aspects of the document Vienna took issue with, vice chancellor Strache insisted that migration was an area over which every country should be able to decide ‘with full autonomy and sovereignty’.