The terror attacks of recent years have made it clear in Europe that “migration implies the threat of terrorism and deadly danger”, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday, marking the anniversary of a terrorist attack in Brussels which claimed 32 lives and injured 340 people two years ago.
A total of 24 terrorist attacks have been committed by persons with a migration background in the past two and a half years in Europe, he said. These attacks claimed 330 lives and injured more than 1,300 people, he added.
Some of the terrorists used the recent wave of migration to get to Europe, others had arrived earlier or were born in Europe to migrant parents, he said. In their cases, social integration has failed and they have not accepted the basics of European forms of living or European values, he added.
The focus of the current dispute over migration is whether the rights of migrants or those of Europeans are given priority, Szijjarto said.
“The right to a safe life is a basic human right but migration is not.”
It is “unacceptable and intolerable” that some forces in Europe seek to give the rights of migrants priority over the right of Europeans to a safe life, the minister said. It is a basic right of every European, including every Hungarian, to live safely without the threat of terror.
It is an increasingly widespread view in western Europe that the threat of terrorism is a natural part of big city life. “We do not accept that, and we will make every effort to ensure that it does not apply to Hungary,” Szijjarto said.
“If we do not protect ourselves, then nobody will,” he said. “We will fight for our right to freedom in Europe not to be eclipsed by migrant rights.”
The planned legislative package dubbed “Stop Soros” is a way of resolving the situation, he said. If the Hungarian parliament remains anti-migration after the election, then the law will enable the introduction of administrative tools that restrict or even ban the activities of NGOs that pose a threat to national security, he said.