In an interview to Hungarian public television, a senior liberal MEP has said the people of Hungary should be proud that their country is capable of contributing to efforts in Europe to host migrants.
Speaking to M1, Sophia in ‘t Veld, Vice-President of the EP Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, said the Hungarian people were special. “I bow to them with admiration,” she said, adding that Hungarians had contributed greatly to global culture.
The liberal politician said the European Union’s external border should not have been sealed because “the concept of Europe as an impregnable fortress” did not work.
“Walls and fences do not keep people away; they only increase suffering and crime and worsen security,”
– she argued.
According to in ‘t Veld the EU needs a new, common asylum system and it’s good if the European Council can reach a consensus, but if not, they can’t become hostages to one or two member states. She doesn’t think that the mandatory quota would be an invitation, because refugees are fleeing their homelands anyway. Regarding economic immigrants the MEP said hoping for a better life is no crime, the problem is that the EU hasn’t established legal ways for workforce to reach Europe.
Sophie in ‘t Veld said she’s not happy about threatening member states with financial sanctions, but that’s a result of the behaviour of the countries involved. She stressed that the refugee relocation quota must be mandatory, because some member states refuse to take part.
Source: MTI/Hungary Journal
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