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Apr 09, 2019

FM: Migration still poses a serious risk to Europe

“An uncertain situation in Afghanistan and developments in Libya pose a serious risk to Europe in terms of migration pressure on the continent,” Péter Szijjártó said

The foreign minister has said that risks around migration are further aggravated by “strong pressure” by the European Commission “to promote the migration process”.

“An uncertain situation in Afghanistan and developments in Libya pose a serious risk to Europe in terms of migration pressure on the continent,” Péter Szijjártó said.

According to MTI, the minister pointed out that European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, who is in charge of the community’s migration policy, “aims to legalize migration rather than stopping it,” adding that the commissioner’s measures “are exclusively aimed at bringing more and more migrants to Europe”.

In relation to the UN’s global migration compact, Minister Szijjártó said the EU’s sole aim was to use the document as a pretext to legalize illegal migration. The European Commission‘s messaging regarding the document, he said, was that more and more migrants should be brought to Europe. This is “unacceptable” for Hungary, the minister said, adding that it would mean Europe giving up its identity, and it would pose serious cultural and security risks for the bloc.

The minister said that if the EC sticks to its current stance on migration, then the situation in Libya and Afghanistan, coupled with the situation of the large numbers of migrants stranded along the Western Balkan route and in Greece, could generate more mass migration waves towards Europe.

Minister Szijjártó said Hungary wants to stop this migration process rather than legalize it, adding that the EU’s migration debate would be decided in next month’s European parliamentary elections.