The Swedish prime minister is a known “pro-migration politician” who is now “trying to force illegal migrants on Hungary and punish Hungarians for saying no to mandatory resettlement quotas”, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in a statement to MTI on Monday, commenting on Stefan Lofven’s remarks in a Swedish daily slamming Hungary’s migration policy.
In a statement published on the internet site of the Dagens Nyheter, Lofven said those refusing to shoulder responsibility in the EU should “pay a price”. Those states “cannot receive the same EU funding they receive today. Hungary is one of the member states getting the most. A country that is given one of the largest funding in the bloc cannot shun responsibility when it comes to migration,” Lofven said.
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Szijjártó said Hungary has shouldered real responsibility regarding illegal migration, with its fences protecting western and northern Europe as well. EU funds are not handouts, he said, but compensation laid down in EU treaties, allocated for opening our markets to western European players, he said.
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At stake at the upcoming elections in May is whether the European Parliament will have politicians promoting security in Europe rather than resettlement quotas, no-go zones, gang wars and terror threats, he insisted.
On the featured photo: Péter Szijjártó. Photo by Mitko Sztojcsev/Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade