Unlike Germany, Hungary’s migration policy has set an example for all of Europe

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga contrasted Germany’s open-borders migration policy to Hungary’s conservative approach, which she says is greatly appreciated by the Hungarian people

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Thomas Brooke
FILE — Hungary's Justice Minister Judit Varga speaks with the press before attending the EU ministers' General Affairs Council at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, May 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

The Hungarian government’s approach to defending Europe’s external borders has set an example for all of Europe, unlike its German counterparts who continue to advocate mass immigration despite protests from their own citizens, Hungary’s Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Tuesday.

In a social media post, Varga cited a recent German survey that evaluated the last eight years of the country’s migration policy following the migrant crisis of 2015. She highlighted a number of statistics revealing that 59 percent of Germans no longer believe it is possible to accept any more asylum seekers.

“Meanwhile, 57 percent fear that the number of non-European refugees will rise again,” Varga wrote. She also provided statistics that dispelled the justification often used by the pro-mass migration German government that migration is necessary to fill the country’s labor market; just 23 percent of German respondents believe that allowing in more migrants will ease labor shortages.

“86 percent of Germans would support an immigration law, but unfortunately only 10 percent believe that the governing left-liberal coalition would introduce more serious regulations for the sake of the country,” Varga added.

The Hungarian justice minister used the data to contrast the German migration policy with the Hungarian approach, stating that “the Hungarian government listened to the Hungarian people who said very directly that they wanted to decide with whom to live in their own country.”

She praised Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s administration for building a “comprehensive and effective defense,” which she claimed “has set an example to the whole of Europe.”

“We have set up physical and legal border barriers, we have fought Brussels to defend immigration rules, and we have recently set up a border guard regiment to guarantee the safety of the Hungarian people,” Varga added.

The contrast between the two nations in their approach to migration couldn’t be greater. At a time when Germany’s Labor Minister Hubertus Heil is proposing to make it easier for skilled African workers to migrate to Germany, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is focused on mobilizing economically inactive Hungarians to fill gaps in its labor market.

“Hungary belongs to the Hungarians,” Orbán said earlier this month during a speech at the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MKIK). “We cannot allow foreign labor to be allowed in for the sake of convenience. Otherwise, we will lose our security.”

“It must be made clear that emphasis is being placed on the mobilization of reserves within the country,” he added when discussing how best to fill up to 500,000 vacancies in the job market expected within the next few years.

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