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Sep 27, 2018

FM: The European commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship “is going completely against the will of Europe’s nations”

Although the European Commission is trying to force it, there are a number of member states that have no desire to become “immigrant countries,” the foreign minister said

Hungary’s foreign minister has said the European commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship “is going completely against the will of Europe’s nations”.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, made the comment in reaction to the commissioner’s latest call on EU member states to honor their commitments to take in migrants. Dimitris Avramopoulos made the call at an accompanying event of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Minister Szijjártó said neither Hungary, the Visegrad Group countries nor any other European country want to legalize immigration. Although the European Commission is trying to force it, there are a number of member states that have no desire to become “immigrant countries,” he added.

The foreign minister called it “unacceptable and outrageous” that Avramopoulos was speaking on the migration issue on behalf of the European Union “when he knows very well that a number of member states disagree” with the bloc’s migrant relocation scheme.

“This is the same reason why we haven’t accepted and will not accept the UN’s migration package,” he said.