Migration controls must remain a national competence, insists Hungary

The polarizing stances on migration across European countries make a compromise impossible, Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga warns

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author: Magyar Hírlap
Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga. (Magyar Hírlap/Tamás Purger)

European member states hold such polarizing views on migration that a compromise is simply not viable and it must be allowed to be dealt with at a national level, Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga told attendees of the Migration as a Risk book launch in Budapest on Tuesday.

She reiterated that there could be no compromise on the issue when it remained a fact that the European Union and the vast majority of Western European member state governments viewed mass migration as a positive matter, while the Hungarian government, for example, continues to see migration as a danger to European civilization and something which is having a detrimental effect on the future of Europe and its people.

“We want to stop it, others want to manage it, so they are looking for legal migration routes,” Varga said, adding that the EU attitude which now dominates the mainstream is not in favor of protecting the sovereignty of the member states, but rather impinging on it.

“If someone welcomes migration and wants to deal with it, it will not provide a solution for countries that, in turn, see migration pressure to be stopped or want to deal with the problem locally,” the minister said.

Varga revealed that since its establishment in 2017, the Hungary Helps Program has provided 26 billion Hungarian forints (€72.8 million) in support of prospective refugees staying in place and rebuilding after the war so that people can return to their homeland.

The head of the ministry also said that we should no longer talk about the development of parallel societies, but about their existence in the Western European countries concerned, calling it depressing that the indigenous culture and legal system in Europe did not respond in such a way as to sound the alarm.

“We do not want to admit illegal immigrants and we do not want an immigrant country,” Varga added, outlining the Hungarian government’s view on the matter in no uncertain terms.

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