Austria says it wont sign UN migration pact

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Austria’s right-wing government has announced that the country will not sign the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration that it says fails to regulate migration and affect national sovereignty.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Austrian public broadcaster ÖRF that the country will not sign the pact and will not send an envoy to attend the pact’s signing in December in Morocco.

“Migration is not and should not become a human right,” said Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache from the far-right FPÖ, according to a report on Der Standard.

The stand follows the stand taken by conservative and right-wing leaders such as US’s Donald Trump and Hungary’s Viktor Orban.

EU has expressed its regret over the country’s decision.

The compact is the first-ever UN global agreement to lay out a common and comprehensive approach to international migration, based on international human rights law.

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