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UN Summit: Hungary To Propose Global Refugee Quotas

Tamás Székely 2015.09.29.

Hungary will propose introducing global refugee quotas at the ongoing UN General Assembly session, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said. Such quotas would ensure that global powers who “had a hand” in destabilising regions close to Europe also do their part in sharing the burden of illegal migrants, he said in New York.

The Hungarian foreign minister, who is scheduled to address the 70th UN GA session on Saturday, said Europe had not faced as many challenges as it does today since the end of the second world war, adding that the migrant crisis is “probably” the most significant problem. “From our perspective it seems like only Europe is exposed to a large migration pressure because it is surrounded by unstable regions, which may lead to 30-35 million people flocking to our borders,” Szijjártó said.

“We sincerely hope that our proposal will be supported by countries in the largest possible numbers so that rather than Europe alone taking its share of the management of the pressure of migration, all key players of world politics – who were parties to the decisions, in the wake of which unstable regions have evolved in the vicinity of our continent – should take their share of the effort”, he added.

People living on humanitarian aid number 8 million in Iraq, 12 million in Syria and over 12 million in Sub-Saharan Africa. The official number of Syrian refugees in Turkey is 2 million, with the actual number likely to be as high as 4-5 million, he said. Szijjártó said it would not be fair for Europe to shoulder the burden of migrants alone, as other global powers were also responsible for the decisions that rendered the surrounding regions unstable.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI photo: kormany.hu