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Jun 04, 2018

Hungary must be protected from illegal migration says PM's office head

Speaking on Kossuth Radio, Gergely Gulyás said the government’s related proposals to change the constitution and enact the “Stop Soros” law will help protect Hungary

The head of the Prime Minister’s Office has stressed that Hungary must be protected from illegal migration.

Speaking on Kossuth Radio, Gergely Gulyás said the government’s related proposals to change the constitution and enact the “Stop Soros” law will help protect Hungary.

Gulyás added that the standpoint of the United Nations and European Union was very different from the Hungarian government’s, relating to the position of organizations that support migration. “There is no common position on illegal migration in Europe,” he said.

He said the government’s view is that migrants do not have the right to choose which country to live in. The first safe country that grants them asylum is where they should stay, he added.

He pointed out that during the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s, Hungary, as the first safe country, provided home to tens of thousands of real refugees.

Criminalizing illegal migration deprives smugglers of their means and prevents illegal migration, Gulyás added.

Gulyás pointed out that the fence built on the southern borders protects the EU’s external borders and this is Hungary’s show of solidarity, protecting as it does one of the EU’s greatest achievements, namely free movement between the bloc’s internal borders, he added.