Hungary does not believe in solving its demographic problems through immigration, as experience shows that immigrants cannot be integrated into society, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his weekly interview on Kossuth Rádió on Friday.
We have to solve our demographic problems ourselves,” Orbán said. “Unlike Germany, we want Hungarian children, not migrants. The trouble is that you expect a workforce but instead get people who cannot be integrated into our culture. I do not believe in the peaceful co-existence of populations with different cultures.”
He said that in order to defend Hungary from migration, the government is ready – if it must – to fight the Brussels bureaucrats on the issue. Speaking about recent violence in neighboring Austria and gang wars in Germany, Orbán said “if we want to keep Hungary a safe place, we must act resolutely against migration.”
Asked about the European Union’s €750 billion recovery plan, Orbán said that in its current form, the proposal would penalize the countries such as Hungary which have maintained fiscal discipline during the coronavirus pandemic and fought it off most successfully. He added that Western European countries should not dictate to Hungary. He reminded that while in World War II the powers to the West “threw us [Central Europeans] to the communists and bombed back Germany into the Middle Ages”, now Germany has the strongest economy and the Central European countries are the growth engine of Europe.
“Europe must stick together as this is the only way can be successful, but that should not mean forcing upon us a way of life we do not want,” Orbán said. “Germany has taken over the presidency of the Union and there is one thing in which Hungary does not agree with, the issue of migration.”
Orbán added that after having had successfully fought of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Hungary must also protect its borders in the interest of its population’s health. “If we keep a cool head in border protection, a spike in infections can be prevented.”
Title image: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the studio of Kossuth Rádió. (MTI/Szilárd Koszticsák)