Fidesz MEP Balázs Hidvéghi has criticized what he called “an immoral new push by pro-migration forces to promote legal migration” after a European parliamentary debate on the creation of new legal channels for labor migration into the bloc.
Speaking in Strasbourg on Thursday, Hidvéghi said the proposals contained in the report at the center of the debate would attract the most talented people to Europe, resulting in a brain drain in areas that are already in a difficult situation. As the EU struggles with one of its gravest migration crises, the European Parliament is debating a report that would institutionalize migration with active collaboration from the European Commission, he said.
Hidvéghi said the report calls for promoting legal labor migration and the import of low and medium-skilled workers from the Middle East and Africa. It also urges easing their movement within the bloc and making them eligible for benefits, he added. But in Hungary’s experience, aid should be exported to where it is needed, the MEP said. The goal is not to empty out those areas but rather to create better living conditions for those living there, he added. “There’s no need for Brussels to decide who should be admitted and what we should do with them,” Hidvéghi said, adding this decision should remain in the hands of member states. Demographic and labor challenges should be addressed by implementing the kind of family policies introduced by the Hungarian government, he said.
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