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Jan 22, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

Here we go again: yet another stealthy maneuver to resurrect a failed immigration policy

Brussels is at it again. They seem as determined as ever to bring back to life a migration policy that should have died long ago.

“A sneaky attempt is underway to enable Brussels to bring back the EU immigration policy that has already failed once,” Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said yesterday, during a break of the European Union Foreign Ministers' summit in Brussels.

It’s clear that European officials are attempting to “put member states to sleep,” the minister said, when they try to sell us on the obvious lie that the migration crisis is long gone. That stands in stark contrast to recent reports indicating that the number of people who want to enter illegally in Europe continues to grow.

Here’s a look at the facts.

Contrary to statements made by some EU countries, the number of illegal immigrants arrested in Turkey rose by about 50 percent last year, exceeding 265,000. Reports show an increasing number of migrants on the Greek-Turkish land border. What’s more, the number of illegal border crossings in Spain and Cyprus nearly doubled last year.

In his remarks yesterday, Minister Szijjártó highlighted that the EU-Arab League ministerial summit, which is scheduled to take place in February, includes a chapter on migration that lists the UN Global Compact for Migration as a point of reference. Funnily enough, that’s a document that was rejected by one third of EU member states, another eight countries besides Hungary.

“Hungary will not authorize this statement, which wants to establish the fact that the opportunities provided by migration channels must be exploited to the full and that migration processes can make a significant contribution to the growth and sustainable development of source, transit and target countries,” the minister added.

Hungary will not sign off on a statement that intends to enable the flow of illegal migrants, and claims that migration can make a significant contribution to the growth and sustainable development of the countries of origin, transit or destination.

As Minister Szijjártó said: “It is high time we forgot this failed migration policy that has only brought danger to Europe, but whenever there is a chance, they always attempt to bring it back.”

Indeed, it’s high time that we put this catastrophe of a policy to rest.