Aus­tria takes is­sue with UN mi­gra­tion pact

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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’.

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