Armed Hungarian guards make sure no Muslims cross the border
Péter Szijjártó explains how Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s right-wing government has successfully cut illegal (mostly Muslim) immigration by more than 99% and warns that illegal immigration cannot be controlled without a “strong and effective” infrastructure on the border.
“We made a very clear decision that we protect our border in a way that we have full control,” Szijjártó told Breitbart News. “So we built an infrastructure, a fence, we have the military there, we have the police there, and we are very, very strict on holding everybody out who want to come illegally,” Szijjártó continued.
Hungary officially pulls out of UN migration pact as it ‘encourages migration’
Hungary officially notified the United Nations on Tuesday that it is quitting the approval process of the Global Compact for Migration, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said.
It has become clear that differences between Hungary’s position on migration and the UN’s approach are irreconcilable, Szijjarto told a press conference.
“Hungary will maintain its position and no global package can change that”, he added.
“We see migration processes from a different perspective,” he said. The UN believes that migration is unavoidable, beneficial and should be supported, while Hungary considers it a danger to Hungary and Europe, he said, adding that the UN’s aim was to encourage migration whereas Hungary’s goal was to stop it.
The Global Compact for Migration includes some agreeable targets, such as taking action against human smugglers, but its effect will be contrary even to these, he said. A document that encourages migration will only benefit human smugglers because they can then convince more people to set off, telling them that they will be accepted in line with the global compact, Szijjarto said.
Hungary’s position is that it would be unnatural to change the population of the continent and global efforts should instead be made to stop migration, he said.
The migration compact includes certain obligations that Hungary would not be willing fulfil, such as organising training sessions for migrants before they set off and after they arrive, granting allowances to those send home remittances, enabling NGOs to help migrants submit complaints, increasing migrant reception capacities and viewing border crossing as a human rights issue instead of a security issue, he added.
Hungary has introduced “precisely contrary measures” in order to protect the security of citizens, Szijjarto said.
In response to a question, he said that considering that the US had not even participated in the talks on the Global Compact for Migration and several countries had expressed dissatisfaction at the end of talks, Hungary was unlikely to meet with any negative fallout as a result of its announcement.