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Jun 18, 2018

Migration “poses a danger for central Europe," says minister

Antal Rogán said Hungary will not receive migrants and cannot be obliged to do so and argued that the country “had not agreed to do anything of the kind when it joined the European Union”

The head of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office has said that if decisions over “which migrants entering Europe should be given refugee status” were made in Brussels “it would even pose a greater danger than migrant quotas”.

During an interview on Kossuth Rádió, Minister Antal Rogán said that countries accommodating hundreds of thousands or millions of migrants were facing serious, everyday problems, while migration “poses a danger for central Europe because of the open internal borders”.

Minister Rogán said Hungary will not receive migrants and cannot be obliged to do so, and argued that the country “had not agreed to do anything of the kind when it joined the European Union”.

The minister said it was not Hungary but “George Soros’s organizations” that broke European laws “with support from Brussels”.

He added that European leaders promote “the ideology of a United States of Europe, which nobody has approved,” rather than the interests of member states.

Rogán said it was “appalling” that “Soros’s ships routinely carry migrants from Africa to Europe” and urged EU members to follow the example of Italy and ban such ships from their harbors.

He added that the EU should reimburse each member state 50 percent of its border protection spending. He said Hungary should receive some 150 billion HUF (464 million) after 2020 for that purpose.