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Aug 24, 2016

PM Orbán: Hungary is protecting its borders one hundred percent

Despite positive relations with Turkey, Hungary will not allow access to the threatened numbers of migrants from Ankara

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has stressed that Hungary is protecting its borders one hundred percent, even if Ankara follows through on its threats and launches masses of migrants into the European Union.

PM Orbán also told the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo that it is simply “impossible” to grant the Turks visa-free travel to the European Union.

The European Union has granted Turkey the right to visa-free travel in Europe. In this context, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed out that if Brussels fails to make good on the agreement, Ankara may launch masses of refugees into the EU.

“The European countries are unable to keep the promise they made to Turkey," PM Orbán stated.

The prime minister takes the view that the issue of granting visa-free travel to Turkish people is “an enormous problem, and a highly sensitive issue”, but as far as he is concerned he is not worried about Ankara’s threats.

“Turkey is unable to follow through on these threats because the Hungarian border is also the entrance into Europe, and we are protecting our border one hundred percent," the Hungarian prime minister stressed.

Orbán also spoke out for the mandate of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the stability of Turkey.

“If there is no stability in Turkey, it will cause a problem for the entire region. We must support the Turkish government," he stressed. At the same time, PM Orbán added that the potential reintroduction of the death penalty, which the Turkish government considered in the wake of the unsuccessful military coup of July 15, would divert the Eurasian country from the path leading to the EU.

In answer to the question of whether the arrival of refugees would help solve the European Union’s demographic problems, PM Orbán did not mince words.

“Never. They may cause an even more serious problem, because they build parallel societies in Europe."

"Migrants come to Europe with a different culture and mentality, and these parallel societies are dangerous and destabilise the countries of the EU," he said. "We would like the nature of the Hungarian people to remain as an integrated society.”