Friday, October 19, 2018
Some people think that migration's a good thing, we think it's dangerous – Hungarian PM
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, said in a video posted on Facebook that Hungary had "successfully defended" its right to protect its borders at this week’s EU summit in Brussels.
Orban added that the debate on migration wasn't over yet. "Some people think that migration's a good thing and they keep pushing on," he said. "We think it's dangerous."
Hungary together with "a few other countries managed to repel the pro-migration proposals of the Brussels bureaucrats," Orban said, adding that some leaders still insisted that Europe needs migration.
"And then there’s us, who say that our borders should be protected, that migration's dangerous and that every country should have the right to decide for itself whether it wants to let anyone into its territory," he said. The migration debate's set to continue in December, he added.
The Visegrad Group countries will later hold talks with Japan’s prime minister before attending a summit with Asian leaders, he noted.
According to reports, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said at the summit that the EU should apply the concept of "mandatory solidarity".
Under this concept, all member states would have to contribute to managing the bloc’s migration situation, although not necessarily by taking in refugees.
Citing an EU diplomat who requested anonymity, Brussels-based news outlet Politico reported Kurz as proposing that member states should be able to choose other forms of solidarity besides refugee quotas. One such method would be making financial contributions towards protecting the bloc’s borders.
Politico said that Orban "was unusually quiet during this summit" but chimed in at this point to support Kurz’s plan, that he called "the best proposal".
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