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Jun 29, 2018

The will of the people must prevail in relation to illegal migration, says government spokesperson

Zoltán Kovács said the issues illegal migration is posing to Europe have emerged in a number of different forms, from boats transporting migrants, through the latest Italian measures, to the mini-summit

Hungary’s government spokesperson has said the will of the people in relation to the management of illegal immigration must prevail throughout Europe.

Zoltán Kovács said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will attend the EU’s summit of heads of state and government where the agenda will feature a long list of issues that have remained unsolved for some time now.

He said they will discuss important issues such as the next multiannual EU budget, Brexit, relations with Russia and the unfolding trade war with the United States, but the most important question will be illegal migration.

Kovács said the issues illegal migration is posing to Europe have emerged in a number of different forms, from boats transporting migrants, through the latest Italian measures, to the mini-summit.

The spokesman highlighted that with the measures it has implemented recently, Hungary has prepared itself for continuing to represent firmly and clearly the position which the government has made clear since they came into power in 2010.

He stressed that illegal immigration must be stopped, rather than organized, and the European borders must be protected which is not a question of ability, but a question of will. Also, those who arrive in Europe illegally must be taken back to their countries, he said.

Kovács pointed out that the evidence is clear that both the European and Hungarian people believe migration must be stopped and the borders must be protected.

The spokesman believes that any other solution that is based on quotas, distribution mechanisms or plans curtailing the sovereignty and options of the Member States is simply inconceivable.

He concluded that Hungary has set an example and has demonstrated that it is possible to prepare for the challenges, that it is possible to take firm counter-measures.