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Nov 22, 2017

Migrant crisis is far from over says government official

The European Parliament concluded with a large majority that the EU’s “future asylum system must include a mandatory resettlement regime” which the Hungarian government finds unacceptable and will reject in the strongest possible terms

The danger posed by the planned reform of the Dublin asylum regulations and the mandatory distribution of asylum-seekers within the European Union is far from over, Szabolcs Takács, minister of state at the Prime Minister’s Office, has said.

"We are as yet far from being able to put our minds at rest," the minister said following a meeting of the ministers of the Member States of the EU responsible for European affairs in Brussels.

The European Parliament concluded with a large majority that the EU’s “future asylum system must include a mandatory resettlement regime” which the Hungarian government finds unacceptable and will reject in the strongest possible terms, the minister said.

Takács welcomed the fact that the European Commission seems to have taken the stance that a great deal of emphasis should be placed on the external dimension of migration to manage the migrant crisis.

“We welcome this development because this is what we have been saying for two years now, and finally, the EU, too, is beginning to reach this conclusion," Takács said.

The minister also found it unacceptable that the Commission “wishes to manage the demographic challenges experienced in Europe by extending encouragement to the legal channels of migration and resettling the nationals of third countries for employment purposes”.