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Mar 02, 2020

Government supports all decisions that allow Syrian refugees from Turkey to return home

The government supports all decisions that prevent another hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants from turning up in the Western Balkans and at Hungary’s southern border.

The foreign minister said the Hungarian government supports all decisions that allow Syrian refugees from Turkey to return home.

In a video posted on Facebook, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said their return home would be in Hungary’s national interest.

Minister Szijjártó said the migration situation in Turkey is becoming harder to handle, citing his Turkish counterpart in recent talks. More than four million migrants are staying in Turkey and the Turkish authorities are finding it increasingly challenging to provide for them.

“Turkey has two options at the moment: either create conditions for the migrants to return to Syria or open the gates towards Europe,” he said, adding that the Western Balkans would be flooded with hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants within a few days should the latter prevail.

The minister noted that those heading to the EU will come across the Hungarian border fence as their first physical obstacle. “Such a situation must be avoided at all costs,” he said.

The government supports all decisions that prevent another hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants from turning up in the Western Balkans and at Hungary’s southern border.