Hungary would be capable of protecting its borders against illegal immigration if there were no “unrealistic” EU rules to observe on the matter, the prime minister said. About it portal Politics.hu reports.
In his regular Friday interview on state radio, Viktor Orbán noted that the number of migrants crossing illegally to Hungary has increased twentyfold over the past three years, an outsized figure in European comparison. “And as soon as the Austrians and the Germans prevent illegal border crossing at their own borders, all illegal migrants arriving in Hungary will end up staying … This could jeopardise local jobs and livelihoods,” Orbán said.
“If the EU does not force unrealistic rules on us … or if we can get rid of these rules—and this is what we are preparing to do—then we will be able to protect Hungary from economic immigrants,” he said. Illegal immigrants must be detained and the relevant legal procedures conducted, he said, adding, however, that the possibility of asylum must be allowed for people who can prove they are politically persecuted. The prime minister said the idea floated in Europe to let refugees into a country and then distribute them among other EU countries was a “crazy idea”. What is now needed is not solidarity but law enforcement, he said.