After attending a Budapest event on Islam radicalisation, Salvatore Villani, Adjunct Professor at the University of Naples Federico II spoke about efforts to stop mass immigration in an interview with the Migration Research Institute Hungarian think tank.
According to Villani, bilateral agreements with African countries only provide temporary solutions, and the quota system won’t stop people from coming to Europe. He explained that the costs of heterogeneity can be higher than its benefits, so states have all the right to control immigration, in order to maximise the benefits and lower the costs.
Regarding Hungary’s migration policy he said that government has the right to demand itself the right to focus on the well-being and security of its citizens, instead of showing solidarity by following a relocation scheme already decided by the Council. Villani added that as a liberal economist, he thinks that in order to handle the migration waves, a minimum cooperation of the governments and a minimum harmonisation of their migration policies is necessary because otherwise certain countries can face negative effects.
According to the expert, an effective system should take into consideration the preferences of migrants but should also evaluate the risks of cultural diversity. He stressed that cooperation can’t be forced upon the member states by central bodies. Different solutions should be evolved spontaneously, taking local realities into consideration, and EU institutions should stop thinking that they can force their views upon the member states with laws or court rulings.