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Apr 26, 2019

State Minister: The world's poor must be helped on site, not brought to Europe

"Hungary has a clear and unequivocal position regarding migration: it stands for the protection of national borders and opposes the forced migration supported by Brussels," Bence Rétvári said

The State minister for Parliament at the Ministry of Human Capacities has highlighted how the world’s poor must be helped on site, not by bringing them to Europe and encouraging migration.

During a political forum in Vác, Bence Rétvári said that Hungary has a clear and unequivocal position regarding migration: it stands for the protection of national borders and opposes the forced migration supported by Brussels.

Rétvári said that according to United Nations data, there are about three billion people living under the poverty line (daily income of less than US$2) in the world and their number grows by 80 million every year. Even bringing one million to Europe every year won’t solve the fundamental problem, but will cause national security and economic problems in the host countries that will compromise their future ability to help.

“The proper way to help the world’s poor is the one chosen by the Hungary Helps program, meaning delivering help on site. If Western European countries want to help, they should follow the path of Hungary, as the true policy for help is delivering it where it is needed. Migration only brings risks and doesn’t solve anything,” Rétvári said.

State minister for the protection of persecuted Christians Tristan Azbej added that among European countries, Hungary was the first to launch such an initiative. The Hungary Helps program has provided aid – mostly through reconstructing infrastructure – in several Middle Eastern and sub-Saharan countries.