Sep 19, 2017

PM Orbán says “Hungary will never be an immigrant country"

The prime minister categorized states as either “immigrant” or “non-immigrant countries” in terms of their approach to migration. He also spoke of Hungary's recovering economy and the rise in employment

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that “Hungary will never be an immigrant country", during his address to lawmakers on the first day of the Hungarian Parliament’s autumn session.

The prime minister categorized states as either “immigrant” or “non-immigrant countries” in terms of their approach to migration.

According to MTI, he said the distinction between the two types of countries lay in the fact that some accept, approve of and “at times organize” migration while others like Hungary are determined to preserve their security, way of life and national, religious and cultural identity. “We want a Hungarian Hungary and a European Europe,” the prime minister reiterated.

The future of Europe depends on whether these two groups of countries respect the democratic will of each other’s people, PM Orbán added.

“We respect the fact that immigrant countries decided to become immigrant countries but we ask that they accept the fact that we never will.

"Today, pro-immigration countries wish to settle the difference between the two sides by recommending “that we too become immigrant countries, and if we refuse, they force it on us," he said. This is the essence of the mandatory resettlement quota scheme, PM Orbán insisted.

The prime minister also said that this is the plan of George Soros, even “publishing it under his own name”.

“This is what is being implemented by the Brussels bureaucrats who incidentally are eating out of Soros’s hand,” the prime minister said. He added that the European Commission has tabled a proposal to implement a permanent migrant relocation mechanism.

PM Orbán urged those who value Hungary’s independence, security, national culture and Christian roots to participate in the government’s “national consultation” survey on the “Soros plan”.

The prime minister also discussed Hungary’s recovering economy. He highlighted how Hungary has succeeded in creating a labor-based economy that works, and pointed out that the reduction of debt-to-GDP ratio is below 74 percent, at a 3.2 percent Q2 GDP growth rate. He also mentioned that the jobless rate had fallen to 4.2 percent and the rise in the number of employed Hungarians had risen to over 4.4 million.