Hungary will propose amendments to both the UN’s migration package and the draft reforms to the Dublin refugee system, making it clear that migration “is bad, poses risks and should be stopped”, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said after an informal meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Sofia on Thursday.
The various sides negotiating the UN’s draft document on migration and the changes to the Dublin rules have a special responsibility, Szijjarto told MTI by phone. If the view that migration is a good thing and something that should be encouraged takes hold, it could entice the roughly 15 million internal refugees and people in need of humanitarian aid in Europe’s neighbourhood to set off for the continent, the minister argued.
The proposals Hungary will put forward will also take a firm stance against mandatory automatic migrant resettlement quotas, Szijjarto said. “We will oppose and veto any proposal that seeks to impose resettlement quotas or mechanisms, either directly or indirectly,” the minister said.
The Hungarian government will also stress the need for strong border protections and strict punishments for illegal border crossing. “Safety must come first and this cannot be cast aside or become an afterthought,” Szijjarto added. “It is the European Union’s responsibility to guarantee the security of its member states and citizens.”
Hungary will also call for a strict repatriation policy; those how entered Europe and are residing on the continent illegally must be sent back to their countries of origin as quickly as possible, Szijjarto said. The Hungarian government’s proposals would guarantee Europe’s security, while the planned reforms to the Dublin rules and the UN’s migration package would only endanger the continent, he insisted.
Illegal migration increases threat of terrorism, says state secretary
Peace in source countries of illegal migration is an international interest, because illegal migration increases the threat of terrorism, Tamas Vargha, the defence ministry’s state secretary, said on Thursday in Brussels.
Speaking after a two-day meeting of NATO defence ministers, Vargha called Hungary “an island of peace”, one of the safest places in Europe. The Hungarian soldiers and police officers serving at the border do much to keep the country safe, he said.
On Thursday NATO decided to increase its presence in Iraq, Vargha said, adding that Hungary has decided to raise its contingent in that country to 200 troops earlier. Hungary’s 1,000-strong participation in NATO missions is above average among the member states, he said.
Source and photo: MTI