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Jan 18, 2019

FM: The continent must stand firm in keeping the Western Balkan migration route closed

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said contrary to the claims of United Nations and European Union officials, migration pressure on Europe has increased in the recent period

The foreign minister has said the continent must continue to stand firm in keeping the Western Balkan migration route closed.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said contrary to the claims of United Nations and European Union officials, migration pressure on Europe has increased in the recent period.

“UN and EU officials in Brussels and New York want to put us to sleep and give the impression that the migration crisis is over,” Minster Szijjártó said.

The foreign minister pointed out that Turkey apprehended 50 percent more illegal migrants last year than in 2017. Meanwhile, Spain stopped 57,000 illegal entrants, double the number it registered the previous year, adding that Cyprus had seen a similar rise in the number of illegal migrants. The number of people attempting to breach the Greek-Turkish land border is also rising, the minister added.

Meanwhile, Balázs Hidvéghi, ruling Fidesz’s communications chief, said European Parliament’s fresh decision to increase funding for “Soros groups” once again makes it clear that “[US billionaire] George Soros is practically dictating Brussels’ migration policy.”