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November 27, 2022

Hungarian FM: EU’s Migration Policy Must Be Amended

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, has required that the European Union makes changes to its migration policy.

According to Minister Szijjártó, the current policy ‘encourages’ migrants to put their lives at risk as well as pay people smugglers thousands of euros in order to be able to reach the EU. Therefore, he has called for modifications, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

About Hungary explains that Minister Szijjártó held talks with officials of Austria earlier this meeting, during which he stressed that the migration topic is hard to be talked about as the discussions are either ideological or emotional.

Moreover, Minister Szijjártó said that the EU countries should make it clear that the only way to reach the bloc is legally and at the same time called for the EU authorities to strengthen the measures so illegal migrants are not able to enter.

Hungary itself has been firm on its ‘no migration’ policy. Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that Minister Szijjártó has once again made clear the country’s stance on illegal migration by saying that they do not intend to permit entry to those who reach Hungary illegally.

In addition, Minister Szijjártó emphasised that Hungary supports cooperation between the EU Member States and the other countries that are not part of the bloc.

Last week, Minister Szijjártó met with the EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen. After their meeting was over, the Minister said that it is of prime importance that the EU strengthens relations with other non-EU countries located in the European continent. He made such a suggestion, as according to him, the migration crisis has significantly weakened the EU.

In addition to the above-mentioned, Minister Szijjártó stressed that Hungary does not approve the EU using the Post-Cotonou Agreement to legalise migration.

The Minister said that such an agreement would undermine the fight against illegal migration as would spread gender ideology.

About Hungary further explained that Minister Szijjártó has blamed the EU for the high number of illegal migrants that have reached the bloc. According to the Minister, the EU should have been capable of preventing the migration waves through the Western Balkan migratory route and emphasised that the Commission’s New Migration Pact presents yet another risk.

Similarly, the Interior Minister of Hungary, Sándor Pintér, also said that the EU countries must cooperate in order to effectively fight illegal migration. Additionally, Minister Pintér revealed that around 270,000 migrants have been prevented from reaching the EU since the fence was constructed, saying that such a high number has not been recorded since 2015.