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Centrist Czech government aligns with right-wing Central European critics of the non-binding agreement.2 November 2018
“I don’t like this pact,” Babis said, according to CTK.
The Hungarian government has also said it will not sign the non-binding pact. The Trump administration last year withdrew from it, and Poland is also considering not signing it, the Guardian reports.
Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, known as the Visegrad 4, loudly opposed the EU’s mandatory migrant resettlement scheme and have together accepted only a tiny handful of migrants from the main source countries in Asia and Africa.
Both Babis and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz have said the pact blurs the distinction between legal and illegal migration. Austria’s government also said it feared the pact would establish “a human right to migration” and interfere with its national sovereignty.
Although the agreement is couched in vague terms, it does not refer to a “right to migration” and specifically reaffirms the “sovereign right” of nations to determine national migration policy and to “distinguish between regular and irregular migration status.”
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