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Hungary has become a “migrant destination” despite “high-sounding pledges” by ruling Fidesz, György Szilágyi, lawmaker of opposition Jobbik, told a press conference on Wednesday.

Szilágyi insisted that Hungarian authorities had registered a total of 135,355 immigrants between 2015 and 2018, and added that the annual number more than doubled in the period. He quoted Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as saying earlier that Hungary would face “recession and decay” if it becomes an “immigrant country”. Orbán has urged to expel from the country “those organising migration”, he added.

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The ruling parties have “released tens of thousands of residency bond holders and foreign guest workers into the country”, Szilágyi said, and insisted that the Fidesz-Christian Democrat parties were “the number one organisers of migration”.

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The government fails to ensure higher wages and jobs to encourage the hundreds of thousands of young Hungarians that sought employment abroad; instead, it will “import migrant labourers” and “keep wages low to the detriment of Hungarian employees,” he said.

In the featured photo: György Szilágyi. Photo by Balázs Mohai/MTI