Migration compact: Will Slovakia stay out?

The ruling coalition is divided over the UN document on migration. The Foreign Minister clashed with the SNS, who want to follow the example of Austria and Hungary.

Minister Miroslav LajčákMinister Miroslav Lajčák (Source: SITA)

When on July 13, UN member states (except for the US) approved the final text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at the General Assembly in New York, the topic did not resonate among the Slovak public.

A few months later, however, with the approaching date of the Marrakesh intergovernmental conference expected to adopt the compact, Slovak politics became livelier around migration. Austria, Hungary and lately the Czech Republic had already made up their mind and announced that they will not adopt the compact. Poland is considering a similar move.

“It is a non-European attitude,” said Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajčák (nominee of Smer-SD) in reaction to Austria and Hungary. As one of the creators of the document, he stands behind it.

So far it seemed like Slovakia would definitely vote in favour of the compact, unlike its neighbours, but the ruling coalition is now divided over the issue. Minister Lajčák has been widely criticised for his statement.

The Slovak National Party (SNS) was first to speak against the document and Lajčák’s attitude to it. Its deputy chairman Jaroslav Paška opined that Lajčák’s attitude towards the document is only his personal view and does not reflect the attitude of Slovakia.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

News digest: New week starts with several changes to rules

Higher age limit for testing and longer test negativity for events. No Olympic medals for Slovakia so far. Collusive custody will change.


7 h
Sme Rodina leader Boris Kollár (right) and Health Minister Vladimír Lengvarský (OĽaNO nominee).

The tested and the vaccinated will be treated the same. Coalition passes a Delta compromise

MPs pass a law with mild advantages for the vaccinated, but vaccination will be required to see the Pope live.


13 h
UK Ambassador to Slovakia Nigel Baker

UK Ambassador: Britons in Slovakia are a resilient community

Life is as it was before Brexit for British nationals in Slovakia once they've got their documents sorted.


10 h
Illustrative stock photo

Conditions for mass events and age limit for testing change

Most of the new rules came into force on July 26, 2021.


14 h