LONDON – The Latest on migration in Europe (all times local):
Slovakia could soon join the list of countries opting out of a United Nations pact seeking to promote an international approach to safe and orderly migration.
The country’s lawmakers rejected the U.N. pact Thursday in a 90-15 vote, saying it’s not in line with the country’s policies on migration and security.
Parliament has asked the government to reject the deal, as well, when it likely makes its decision on the document next week.
Slovak leaders are divided over the pact. Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini indicated that his coalition government will not adopt it but Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak supports it.
Austria, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Switzerland and Australia have dropped their support for the deal and said they won’t attend the meeting in Marrakech, Morocco on Dec. 10-11 to formally approve the compact.
A teenage Syrian refugee who was the victim of a lunchtime bullying incident widely shared on social media says he no longer feels safe at his U.K. school.
The video shows another student pushing the 15-year-old to the ground and threatening to drown him as he pours water into the victim’s mouth. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told Britain’s ITV late Wednesday that ever since the Oct. 25 incident he wakes up crying in the middle of the night.
The refugee, whose family fled the Syrian city of Homs, says “I don’t feel safe at school. Sometimes I say to my dad, ‘I don’t want to go to school anymore.'”
His comments come as fresh footage of his sister also being bullied circulates on social media.
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