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Jan 13, 2017

PM Orbán: Migration pressure on the Hungarian borders will not end, border protection continues to remain a priority

PM Orbán said that today Hungary is one of the European Union’s safest countries, thanks to the efforts of the defense and police forces

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has stated that the intense migration pressure on the Hungarian borders will not end within the next few years, and therefore border protection continues to remain a priority national security issue.

In his speech at the ceremonial swearing-in of police officers who took part in the first phase of border guard training, the prime minister stressed that Hungary cannot expect a solution from outside, from Brussels, and as a result “we ourselves must organize our own defense".

PM Orbán also said that today Hungary is one of the European Union’s safest countries, thanks to the efforts of the defence and police forces: “There is no terrorism here, there is no mass violence, there are no trucks being driven into crowds of people," the prime minister said. This does not mean, however, that such atrocities could not happen to the Hungarian people, he warned.

Europe would have been better off, he continued, if it had not attacked Hungarian responses to the problem – responses which have proved to be viable and useful, and which have since been adopted by an increasing number of countries. “Our actions have proved that immigration can be stopped," he said.

The prime minister stressed that the border guards were taking an oath to protect Hungary’s borders, and thus also to defend Europe, “as has been the custom around here for the past 500 years”. He said that “over the centuries the destiny of the Hungarian nation has become to defend both ourselves and Europe ”