Migration Crisis Could Easily Destabilise Europe, PM Orbán Tells Wall Street Journal

In an interview to the Wall Street Journal, Hungary’s Prime Minister said the migrant influx could undermine the European Union if the bloc does not adopt tough measures to contain the crisis. “Without having an international solution in Syria, there’s no chance to stop the flood. The world, the developed world should not consider this a challenge only for the Europeans,” Viktor Orbán said on Tuesday in the interview on the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly. He also defended Hungary’s stricter measures criminalising border violations and the fence on the country’s southern border.

“The US and other countries, and even the rich Arab countries should take some [refugees] because Europe cannot handle [them]. The crisis could destabilise Europe easily. It’s not difficult to imagine that one or two years from now the old political elite will be replaced by the radicals,” the prime minister said, adding that Hungary does not need the migrants. “The job of the world today is not to give a new life to these people but to provide a chance to continue their own life at home. Morally, this is the right thing to do,” Orbán said. “Muslim culture is very strong, we don’t oppose it but we haven’t had those parallel societies that are not integrated into European values,” he added.

During his stay in New York, Viktor Orbán met his Czech counterpart, Bohuslav Sobotka to discuss the handling of the migrant crisis, at the UN Headquarters in New York City, the PM’s office said. Orbán and Sobotka were in agreement that it is crucial that Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia maintain their cooperation and unity in managing the crisis, the cabinet press spokesman Bertalan Havasi said. Orbán thanked the Czech Republic for its pledges in military cooperation and plans for further strengthening cooperation in this area were flagged.

The Hungarian Premier also met Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for talks in New York. They were in agreement that the ongoing migrant crisis is one of global proportions requiring an equally wide-ranging solution, Havasi said. Havasi said the two leaders were also in agreement that it is essential to prevent Europe’s migrant crisis from leading to the spread of anti-Islamic sentiment across the continent. Orbán told al-Sisi that the problem in Europe was not Islam but mass illegal migration.

via hungarymatters.hu and wsj.com photo: Gergely Botár – MTI /kormany.hu