George Soros, the Hungarian-born billionaire US financier, has confirmed that he wants to bring down Europe’s borders, following the accusation made last week by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Mr. Soros was accused by the Hungarian Prime Minister last week of deliberately encouraging the migrant crisis.
“This invasion is driven, on the one hand, by people smugglers, and on the other by those (human rights) activists who support everything that weakens the nation-state,” PM Orbán said. “This Western mindset and this activist network is perhaps best represented by George Soros”, he claimed in an interview with Hungarian state radio.
Mr Soros has now issued an e-mail statement to Bloomberg Business, claiming his foundations help “uphold European values”, while the Hungarian Prime Minister’s actions in strengthening the Hungarian border and stopping a huge migrant influx “undermine those values.” “His plan treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle,” Mr Soros added. “Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.”
Last month, Mr Orbán accused pro-immigration non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of “drawing a living from the immigration crisis,” singling out those funded by Mr. Soros.
George Soros is a firm backer of transnational bodies such as the European Union, and his Open Society Foundation (OSF) provides assistance for pro-migration activists. He is well-known for his support for “progressive” causes such as the Centre for American Progress, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The OSF website explains: “We believe that migration and asylum policy should be grounded in economic and demographic realities, not driven by temporary political considerations or popular misconceptions. “In Europe, many of our civil society partners are raising their voices demanding a common European approach in line with international human rights commitments”, the website reads.
Mr. Orbán said in an interview last month that immigration and multiculturalism are endangering Europe’s “Christian roots” and creating “parallel societies”. Europeans, he said, should “stick to our Christian values” and “Europe can be saved,” but only if they “take seriously the traditions, the Christian roots and all the values that are the basis of the civilisation of Europe.”
In mid-October, the financier was accused by an MP for Hungary’s governing parties of bankrolling illegal immigration through supporting a number of Hungarian and international NGOs.
However. a recent survey has shown that Mr. Soros’s pro-migration proposals fall on infertile ground with the Hungarian electorate. 84 per cent of Hungarians support the proposals put forward by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to handle the migration crisis, as opposed to only 13 per cent who back Mr. Soros’s ideas, the newly-launched pro-government news portal 888.hu revealed, citing the survey conducted by the pollster KÓD.