A Toxic Piece of Paper

In the following video Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (FPÖ) discusses the negative aspects of the UN’s migration pact, which Austria has declined to sign.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:00   Now the question is about this migration pact. In my opinion, throughout the entire paper
00:07   there is an incredibly positive, undifferentiated and nearly naïve notion of the word
00:12   “migration”. So, according to this paper, migration is something intrinsically “good”.
00:16   It brings us innovation, it brings prosperity — it brings only positive things. Everything
00:20   negative is blurred out. In this migration pact there is not even a difference made between
00:26   legal and illegal migration. It can not even be determined from the paper whether African or
00:33   third-world countries would be obliged to take back their own people when the results of asylum
00:38   procedures are negative. All of that is missing from this consensus. There are several points
00:43   of criticism. We have to ensure that this consensus being put into place does not
00:48   have the authority to make decisions overriding judicial decisions, for instance concerning
00:53   the argumentation of NGOs, etc, etc. Essentially coming in through a back door into our
00:58   legal system. And now more precisely, how many countries that sign this document are the
01:05   givers? They are those that can take action. Then there is a huge number of
01:09   countries that expect something. Which group is expected to uphold
01:14   their obligations from the agreement? And from which group have we heard
01:18   it said, “Well, yes we have signed, but we are incapable of implementing it”? I became
01:22   interior minister to bring order to the areas of asylum, migration and immigration,
01:29   and to separate those things that do not belong together. I would be a bad interior minister
01:33   if I supported something that would come exactly through
01:37   the back door bringing these problems with it and mixing everything up.
01:41   We need to be watchful that this not a toxic paper.

One thought on “A Toxic Piece of Paper

  1. It’s impossible to imagine an Interior Minister or his equivalent in any EU member state expressing such an opinion just five years ago. And this thinking is gathering pace. Things truly are moving in our direction.

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