The foreign minister said Europe is under migration pressure from multiple directions which is likely to grow in the coming months due to the European Union’s “irresponsible” migration policies.
During an official visit to Finland for a forum of the Visegrad, northern and Baltic states, Péter Szijjártó said that in addition to the migration pressure from the south and southeast of the continent, Europe is now also struggling with a flow of migrants from the east. Lithuania and Poland feel threatened by the flow of migrants from the direction of Belarus, Minister Szijjártó said, adding that this also had a direct impact on northern Europe. The migration pressure on these parts of the EU is likely to increase over the coming months, he said, pointing out that some four million Afghans had already fled their country and “certain people in western Europe are encouraging them to set off for the continent”.
Minister Szijjártó said northern Europe today was facing the same challenge central Europe had been dealing with since 2015, adding that this was changing those countries’ approach towards the issue of migration and border fences like the one Hungary built in 2015 were no longer uncommon in the EU.