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Apr 25, 2016

Prime Minister Orban defends Hungary's decision to oppose mass migration

The new constitution aims to protect the Hungarian language and culture

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has defended Hungary’s decision to oppose mass migration, during a speech to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Hungary’s new constitution on Monday.

Prime Minister Orbán addressed Parliament to highlight how the new constitution aims to protect the Hungarian language and culture therefore forcing the government to oppose any kind of action that would endanger those principles.

"To be clear and unequivocal, I can say that Islamization is constitutionally banned in Hungary," the prime minister said.

Before the ban came into effect, which has been viewed as a positive step amongst the Hungarian population, nearly 400,000 migrants entered Hungary in 2015 on their way to other European nations.

Following a number of issues arising in both Germany and Austria after they allowed the influx of migrants to take refuge in their countries, Hungary’s decision to ban Islamization within its boundaries has been hailed as a step in the right direction to protecting the language, culture and Hungarian principles.