Thursday, November 1, 2018
Austria withdraws from the UN immigration agreement
The Austrian government announced on Wednesday (October 31st) withdrawal from the UN agreement on immigrants, expected to be formally adopted in December.
The far-right coalition for several weeks is campaigning for Vienna to boycott the deal.
The Austrian government has raised concerns about national sovereignty as a cause.
"There are some points that we see critically and are afraid of endangering our national sovereignty," conservative chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Wednesday.
He took office last December in a coalition with the nationalist Freedom party supporting immigration policy.
Austria currently holds the European Union presidency and Kurz has prioritized curbing irregular migration.
The Global Security and Migration Agreement, which is not legally binding, was finalized by the United Nations in July.
Last December, the United States withdrew from negotiations, while Hungary in July.