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Mar 17, 2017

Hungary declares that Brussels’ migration policy is a failure

According to Hungary's foreign minister, Brussels' migration policy is based on half-solutions and has failed. Turkey has suggested that it might terminate its agreement with the EU

Hungary has declared that Brussels’ migration policy is a failure.

The news comes in light of Turkey's suggestion that it might terminate the agreement it concluded with the EU in regards to the increasing migrant crisis.

According to Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brussels' migration policy is based on half-solutions and has failed.

The minister felt that building Europe’s security solely on the migration deal, whilst criticizing the Turks and not doing anything in the interest of reinforcing the protection of our borders is an unreasonable policy which has clearly failed.

The minister said that while the EU staked everything on this one deal, it was evident right from the start that the agreement will not be able to address the issue of illegal mass migration in the long run. In his view, by virtue of this deal, Brussels did nothing other than place Europe’s security in the hands of the Turkish government and the Turkish President.

Minister Szijjártó said it was an enormous mistake that since the conclusion of the agreement, European leaders "have launched a competition” in who can criticize and attack the Turkish President and government louder and harder.

The minister highlighted that not a single step has been taken with a view to the protection of the southern borders, despite the fact that there would have been plenty of time and opportunity to do so.

If thousands of immigrants appear at the borders once again, the EU would be unable to do anything, the same as a few months or years ago, the minister explained.

Minister Szijjártó argued in favor of the reinforcement of the legal and physical border closure as the right measure. He took the view that the construction of the second fence and the introduction of legal solutions, such as limiting the freedom of movement of migrants, are important also with reference to the vulnerability of the EU’s migration policy.