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Mar 06, 2018

Migration continues to be the greatest challenge for the whole of Europe, says Government Spokesperson

“Hungary is being criticized for not keeping to European values and not acting according to regulations, but from our perspective it would seem that it is the European Union that is not adhering to regulations,” the government spokesperson said

Migration and the problems related to it continue to be the greatest challenge for the whole of Europe, according to Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács.

“Hungary is being criticized for not keeping to European values and not acting according to regulations, but from our perspective it would seem that it is the European Union that is not adhering to regulations,” he said.

“Hungary strongly rejects any attempts to punish it for the fact that others did not act according to regulations in 2015-2016,” he added.

Kovács said that any quota system or algorithm aimed at spreading the repercussions of illegal immigration throughout Europe is a “bad idea”. In his view, “this is a version of European solidarity that is impossible to realize”.

He added that the Hungarian government is strongly opposed to any approach that claims migration has any advantages, and in contrast is convinced that migration can be stopped at the EU’s borders.

“The government also firmly rejects the principle that these days migration should be regarded as a human right,” he said.

“Migration is extremely expensive, and integration, or assimilation as they often call it in Western Europe, is impossible, and Hungary will not accept any recommendation or measures that would create the problems that already exist in Western Europe in Hungary and its vicinity,” he added.