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Péter Szijjártó: Austria Is On The Wrong Track, Hungary Will Take Back Migrants Who First Entered The EU In Hungary!

By Robert Velkey // 2016.09.08.

Hungary will only take back migrants who entered the European Union in this country, the foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said, reacting to a statement by Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka saying that Austria would go to court if Hungary refused to take back asylum seekers obliged to request asylum in the country where they first entered the EU. “Hungary’s position is clear and unchanged: we will take back only those who first entered the EU in Hungary.”


Illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa have “obviously” entered the EU in other countries and the fact that they failed to register there is no excuse, he said. The decline in the number of illegal migrants arriving in Austria is thanks to stricter border protection in Hungary, he said. “Anyone who criticises a country for protecting Europe and therefore Austria is on the wrong track,” Szijjártó added.

The key is in Turkey, we should help instead of criticism. According to the Hungarian foreign minister stability in Turkey is crucial for European security and anyone who attacks Turkey undermines the latter. The European Union has “entrusted Ankara with the continent’s security” by signing the migration agreement with Turkey, he said, blaming EU decisionmakers for “putting Europe in such a vulnerable situation”. But “once we are in that situation” EU institutions and politicians “shouldn’t further aggravate it by weakening Turkey’s government and president with criticism” he said.