While Hungary is working to protect the whole of Europe, Brussels is failing to contribute to efforts to curb illegal migration, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told public radio on Friday. “Indeed, it is attacking Hungary,” he said.
Orbán told Kossuth Radio that 122,000 illegal entrants had been apprehended in 2021, up from 45,000 the year before, which “clearly shows that the number of illegal entries is on the rise”.
The problem of illegal migration “is far from being resolved,” Orbán said.
“On the contrary, it will be with us in the next few years,” he said. Border controls, he added, must be strengthened. “New forces must be recruited: we need as many troops as possible just for border control,” the prime minister said.
Orbán said Hungarians were “in charge of the fort”, protecting the borders of the whole of Europe.
Hungary has racked up a bill of 600 billion forints since 2015 doing so, he said. “But Brussels isn’t helping with these efforts; on the contrary, it is shooting us in the back,” he said.
“Hungary will not be a migrant destination”, Orbán declared. “We will never say that Muslim adults can replace Christian children… we don’t want to leave the country to foreigners but to our own children.”
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