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Czech Republic says no to UN migration pact

Staff Writer | November 15, 2018
The Czech government will not join the UN global migration pact, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Wednesday.
Andrej Babis
Europe   Prime Minister Andrej Babis
He said the pact does not include some Czech priorities such as a clear distinction between legal and illegal migrants as well as the denotation of illegal migration as undesirable.

The UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was criticized by the Czech foreign ministry for obscuring the differences between legal and illegal migrants, encouraging greater migration, including illegal migration.

The Czech Foreign Ministry said the final document lacked a clear position that illegal migration is undesirable, on which the Czech Republic insisted in the negotiations.

The EU proposed that the final document should speak about forced return of illegal migrants as a legitimate part of migration policy, but it was not eventually accepted.