Orban: Hungary doesn’t want to take back migrants

Hungary is unable and unwilling to take back any migrants, but is ready to help with moving illegal migrants back to Greece, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at his talks with German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union, in Berlin, Orban’s press chief said on Wednesday.

Orban and Seehofer were in agreement that Hungarian-Bavarian relations were at an all-time high, Bertalan Havasi told MTI. The broad economic cooperation between Hungary and Bavaria has been expanded to cover the defence industry as well, he added.

The two officials concluded that there was a “huge opportunity” before Christian democracy, because “it is becoming increasingly clear to Europeans that only Christian Democrats are capable of protecting jobs, borders and Europe’s cultural identity,” Havasi said.

On the topic of migration, Orban emphasised that Hungary’s position had been “straightforward and honest” from the onset of the migration crisis, “even if it may be uncomfortable”.

“We’ve had the same position since 2015: given that the Balkan route goes through Greece, there hasn’t been a single migrant who first entered the EU through Hungary,”

Orban was quoted as saying.

“We don’t want to – nor can we – take anyone back, but we are ready to help with moving illegal migrants back to Greece,”

the prime minister said.

Viktor Orban held talks with Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble, and meets Chancellor Angela Merkel tomorrow.

Source and photo: MTI

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