Austria Follows Trump's Lead - Withdraws from UN Migration Treaty

Alex Hall | October 31, 2018
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The Austrian government said Wednesday that it won't sign a global compact to promote safe and orderly migration, citing concerns about national sovereignty as it joined neighboring Hungary in shunning the agreement.

Breitbart has reported that Heinz-Christian Strache, Vice-Chancellor of Austria's conservative populist Freedom Party (FPO) proclaimed, “Migration is not and can not be a human right. It can not, therefore, be the case that no distinction is made between legal and illegal migration flows.” He also has made statements about his commitment to Austrian national sovereignty, saying, “We Austrians will, also in the future, determine who comes to Austria."

According to Financial Times, Sebastian Kurz, the FPO's young chancellor, commented on Wednesday that Austria "...will not join the UN migration pact," adding that "We view some points of the migration pact very critically, such as the mixing up of seeking protection with labour migration.”

Last December, the U.S. ambassador to the UN explained how Trump's decision to withdraw American support for the compact, 

…our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone… We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country...The global approach... is simply not compatible with US sovereignty."

The Migration Crisis, particularly accelerated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open borders policies has redrawn European politics. Where once European politics was seen as a more leftward mirror of American battles between left and right, the meteoric rise of hard-right populist conservatism has emerged as a response to migration and terrorism concerns.

There seems to be particularly staunch resistance to mass migration among Central European nations (Austria, Hungary, Poland) who are on the front lines against the migration crisis from Africa and the Middle East.

Hungary's foreign minister Péter Szijjártó has also verbally skewered the UN's Global Contract for Migration proposal, 

"In its current form, the Global Compact for Migration is an African migration package, the beneficiary of which is Africa… The victim of which is Europe, and as result of which Europe’s population, if things remain unchanged, could change radically.”

It seems many European nations are rejecting other culture's entitled claims towards citizenship in their civilizations. Many feel that there are unprecedented efforts from leftist beauracrats, from cultural norms to nationhood, where anything and everything is being made increasingly fluid to the point where nothing is exclusive or meaningful. President Trump himself has stressed the need for the virtue of national exclusivity and sovereignty, saying at a speech in Florida,

I recently withdrew the United States from the United Nations plan for global governance of immigration and refugee policy... I told them, not only do we not want ‘no borders,’ we want the strongest borders you’ve ever seen... America is a sovereign country. We set our immigration rules. We don’t listen to foreign bureaucrats.