Ger­many’s AfD pro­poses fol­low­ing Trump’s lead on UN migration pact

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - International -

GER­MAN anti-im­mi­grant Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many (AfD) has de­manded to join the U.S. and other Western coun­tries in shun­ning a global com­pact to pro­mote safe and or­derly migration. Look­ing to fol­low Pres­i­dent Trump’s path, AfD brought a mo­tion to the Bun­destag on Thurs­day de­mand­ing to stay out of the United Na­tions Global Com­pact for Migration.

“Mil­lions of peo­ple from cri­sis-stricken re­gions around the world are be­ing en­cour­aged to get on the road," said AfD leader Alexan­der Gauland, as re­ported by Deutsche Welle. “Left­ist dream­ers and glob­al­ist elites want to se­cretly turn our coun­try from a na­tion state into a set­tle­ment area.”

Rail­ing against the new­com­ers, the AfD is now the big­gest op­po­si­tion party in the Bun­destag, and af­ter a strong show­ing in Hesse on Sun­day now has seats in all of Ger­many’s state par­lia­ments.

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel ex­pressed her sup­port for the U.N. pact, which is the sub­ject of an adop­tion meet­ing set for Dec. 11-12 in Mar­rakech, Morocco. Ger­many worked in­ten­sively on the text, and it en­sures the sovereignty of in­di­vid­ual na­tions, she said dur­ing a meet­ing with Pol­ish Prime Min­is­ter Ma­teusz Mo­raw­iecki in Warsaw last week. Merkel is fight­ing a bat­tle at home and abroad against crit­ics who ac­cuse her of en­dan­ger­ing Eu­ro­pean se­cu­rity with her wel­com­ing ap­proach to mi­grants. Her con­ser­va­tive coali­tion has long been un­der pres­sure from the far-right AfD.

In Septem­ber 2016, all 193 U.N. mem­ber states, in­clud­ing the United States un­der Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, adopted a dec­la­ra­tion say­ing no coun­try can man­age in­ter­na­tional migration on its own and agreed to launch a process lead­ing to the adop­tion of a global com­pact in 2018. But last De­cem­ber, the United States said it was end­ing its par­tic­i­pa­tion in ne­go­ti­a­tions on the com­pact, stat­ing that nu­mer­ous pro­vi­sions were “in­con­sis­tent with U.S. im­mi­gra­tion and refugee poli­cies” un­der Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Fol­low­ing a move by Aus­tria, Ger­many’s far-right Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many (AfD) ear­lier called on Ber­lin to fol­low Aus­tria’s lead and with­draw from the planned U.N. agree­ment. “While the Ger­man fed­eral gov­ern­ment prefers to con­cern it­self with its own in­com­pe­tence at a cru­cial time, ac­tion is be­ing taken in Aus­tria for the ben­e­fit of its peo­ple,” AfD co-leader Jo­erg Meuthen said, ac­cord­ing to Ger­man news ser­vice dpa. In Meuthen’s view, the pro­posed U.N. pact is a “re­set­tle­ment pro­gram for eco­nomic refugees flee­ing poverty.”

In July, Hun­gary said it would with­draw from the process.

Hun­gar­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Peter Sz­i­j­jarto said that the pact was con­trary to his coun­try’s in­ter­ests be­cause while it had some pos­i­tive aims, like fight­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing, over­all it con­sid­ered migration un­stop­pable and pos­i­tive.

The com­pact has 23 ob­jec­tives to boost co­op­er­a­tion to man­age migration and nu­mer­ous ac­tions rang­ing from tech­ni­cal is­sues like the porta­bil­ity of earn­ings by mi­grant work­ers to re­duc­ing the de­ten­tion of mi­grants.

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