The Latest: Hungary to pull out of UN accord on migration

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The Latest: Hungary to pull out of UN accord on migration

The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Hungary's foreign minister says his country will pull out of a United Nations accord on migration to be adopted in December because it goes against Hungary's security interests.

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto says Wednesday that the U.N.'s Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, whose final draft was released last week, also goes against common sense and that Hungary has doubts about the accord's non-binding status.

Under Prime Minister Viktor Orban, elected in April to his third consecutive term, and fourth overall, Hungary has adopted strict anti-migration measures and has made it very difficult for refugees to obtain asylum.

The U.N. document is a "non-legally binding, cooperative framework" meant to foster "international coop eration among all relevant actors on migration, acknowledging that no state can address migration alone, and upholds the sovereignty of states and their obligations under international law."

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12:10 p.m.

The German government is launching a new drive to declare Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia "safe countries of origin" in hopes of making it easier to return rejected asylum-seekers and deterring others.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government first sought two years ago to have the North African countries declared safe, following several Balkan nations in 2015. The designation means a country is assumed to be safe unless an applicant can prove persecution.

That bid failed in parliament's upper house, where the government doesn't control a majority.

Merkel's new Cabinet initiated new legislation Wednesday to declare the three countries and Georgia safe.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said th e government plans to do the same this fall for other countries from which fewer than 5 percent of applicants are granted asylum. He didn't identify them.

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11:25 a.m.

Greece's migration minister has warned that mainstream political parties across Europe are adopting a "xenophobic agenda" to maintain voter support.

Dimitris Vitsas on Wednesday said the shift in policy had occurred despite a sharp drop in refugee and migrant arrivals in the European Union since 2015.

Vitsas called on traditionally dominant political parties in the EU, on the center-left and center-right, to work more closely on immigration and defend "European values."

He called on the EU to exert greater pressure on member states opted out of migration settlement schemes, including Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic.

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11:05 a.m.

An aid group says it won't dock its boat in an Italian port an d that instead it's seeking a go-ahead to disembark in Spain with the woman who survived a migrant boat wreck and the dead bodies of another woman and a toddler.

Spanish rescue group Proactiva Open Arms has accused Libya's coast guards and the Italian authorities financing and training them of abandoning the three people in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday after taking 158 other migrants from the boat and destroying it.

Proactiva said on Wednesday that it can't trust how Italian authorities will handle the investigation into the event after the country's interior minister, Matteo Salvini, referred to the group's claims and account of the rescue operation as "lies and insults."

Italy's new populist government has vowed to halt the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean.

Source: Google News Hungary | Netizen 24 Hungary

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