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Sep 29, 2017

PM Orbán: It is in the interests of both Hungary and Europe for the Balkan migration route to remain closed

PM Orbán said modern-day migration is chasing and pushing huge numbers of people towards Europe, and one of the routes along which these tens of millions of people are moving towards the continent is the Balkan migration route

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has met with Nikola Gruevszki, the former prime minister of Macedonia, to discuss the importance of keeping the Balkans migration route closed.

“It is in the interests of both Hungary and Europe for the Balkan migration route to remain closed, and in view of the fact that Macedonia is a country of key importance in this regard, we are cooperating with those Macedonian forces that are practicing this policy,” the prime minister said.

PM Orbán said modern-day migration is chasing and pushing huge numbers of people towards Europe, and one of the routes along which these tens of millions of people are moving towards the continent is the Balkan migration route.

“According to a recent NATO study, 60 million people will be setting out from Africa by 2020, and the majority of them will be making their way for Europe,” he added.

“Closing the Balkan migration route is one of the key factors of European security, in which Macedonia plays a key role,” the prime minister stressed. “Let us not allow our lives to be changed (…) we don’t want this”, highlighting the importance of having an own Hungarian, Macedonian and European way of life. PM Orbán also declared his support for Nikola Gruevski as Macedonia’s next prime minister, “he is a politician who places the interests of the nation first,” he said.

The prime minister was also joined by former Slovenian prime minister Janez Jansa, who heads the center-right opposition Slovenian Democratic Party.