Risks around migration are further aggravated by “strong pressure” by the European Commission “to promote the migration process”, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in Luxembourg on Monday.
Speaking to Hungarian journalists after meeting his European Union counterparts, Szijjarto said “an uncertain situation in Afghanistan and developments in Libya pose a serious risk to Europe in terms of migration pressure on the continent”.
European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, who is in charge of the community’s migration policy, “aims to legalise migration rather than stopping it,” Szijjarto said, adding that the commissioner’s measures “are exclusively aimed at bringing more and more migrants to Europe”.
As regards the United Nations’ global migration compact, Szijjarto said the EU’s sole aim was to use the document as a pretext to legalise illegal migration. The European Commission’s messaging regarding the document, he said, was that more and more migrants should be brought to Europe.
This is “unacceptable” for Hungary, the minister said, adding that it would mean Europe giving up its identity, and it would pose serious cultural and security risks for the bloc.
If the EC sticks to its current stance on migration, then the situation in Libya and Afghanistan, coupled with the situation of the large numbers of migrants stranded along the Western Balkan route and in Greece, could generate more mass migration waves towards Europe, Szijjarto said.
Hungary wants to stop this migration process rather than legalise it, he said, adding that the EU’s migration debate would be decided in next month’s European parliamentary elections.
After the multilateral meeting, Szijjarto opened Hungary’s diplomatic mission in Luxembourg, namely the office of the Hungarian embassy in Brussels.
Source and photo: MTI