The biggest supporter of human trafficking is Brussels itself, as the business model of criminals relies precisely on the pro-immigration policies of the European Union, and in this light the infringement proceedings against Hungary for expelling foreign human traffickers are particularly discredited, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in Budapest on Friday.
At a joint press conference with his Bosnian counterpart on the EU’s infringement proceedings against the expulsion of foreign people smugglers, the minister underlined that “The model of human trafficking works because Brussels implements pro-immigration policies”. He said it would quickly destroy the criminals’ business model if they changed and made it clear that the only way into Europe is legally, sending everyone else back.
“But that is not what Brussels is doing, it is sending an invitation letter to all migrants to come here by imposing quotas, thus reinforcing the business model of the people smugglers,” he said.
What Brussels is doing in relation to Hungary on the issue of people smuggling is totally unacceptable, discredited and frivolous,”
he said. Péter Szijjártó stressed that Hungary has so far spent some 650 billion forints (EUR 1.5 billion) on border protection, to which the European Union has given one percent of its funding.
“We expel people smugglers because it is better if they are outside the country. We expel them because we are not willing to spend the Hungarian people’s money on them. Especially as they will then go to the European courts and ask for money because they were not well looked after here,” he said.
“It is not enough that they commit a crime while being enabled by Brussels, we should pay them because we did not keep them well in Hungarian prisons,” he added. The Foreign Secretary was referring to a string of recent human rights litigations on behalf of imprisoned people smugglers, who claimed to have suffered because of overcrowding in Hungarian detention facilities.
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