Fidesz MEP Balázs Hidvéghi has addressed a European Parliamentary debate on an EU report on legal labor migration, criticizing the document for its “flawed basic premise and assumptions”. “We must dispel the myth that mass migration is the answer to demographic challenges and labor market problems,” Hidvéghi said.
In the debate on the Report on New Avenues for Legal Labour Migration, Hidvéghi accused the left-wing and liberal EP groups of “forcing multiculturalism onto Europe”. The MEP said mass migration led to fundamental changes in the makeup and cultural paradigm of a society.
According to MTI, Hidvéghi said the problems mass immigration had led to in western Europe were clear. He said that not even the more powerful and prosperous member states had managed to properly address the social, cultural and public safety challenges posed by migration.
Hidvéghi said the idea that multiculturalism was preferable to a homogeneous European society was “misguided”. The EU has no need for labor migration rules, he said, adding that drafting such regulations should remain a national competence. Countries facing demographic or labor challenges have a number of ways to address them, the MEP said, noting Hungary’s successful family and tax policies. He said it was “unacceptable” for the left to want to import migrants into Europe instead of creating jobs for those who have been put out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.