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Nov 11, 2016

President Áder: EU leaders should take note of Australia's immigration policy

The president met with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Governor-General Peter Cosgrove from Australia in Canberra on Thursday, where they discussed migration issues, climate change and a prospective global water crisis

President János Áder is coming to the end of his week-long tour of Australia and New Zealand, where he said EU leaders should take note of Australia's immigration policy.

President Áder said that Australia had been pursuing a consistent and rather strict migrant policy which EU leaders should examine. Australia has implemented strict rules on granting asylum and “tough” measures punishing human smugglers as a result of which illegal immigration had considerably dropped in that country.

The president met with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Governor-General Peter Cosgrove from Australia in Canberra on Thursday, where they discussed migration issues, climate change and a prospective global water crisis.

The president said Australia had gained experience in handling the problem of scarce water supplies to the public and in farming during droughts over the past decades.

He said his visit to Australia also served to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Hungary’s 1956 antiSoviet revolution and freedom fight with Australia’s Hungarian communities. Áder attended commemorations in Melbourne and Sydney where the largest Hungarian communities live.