“The make-up of migrants and the migration routes they are choosing have both changed”, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister György Bakondi highlighted on Hungarian M1 television’s Wednesday evening current affairs program.
During the “peak” in 2015 a significant number of migrants set out for Europe because of the conflict in Syria. The vast majority of people are now arriving from Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, there are very few Syrians, Mr. Bakondi said.
“There is a special responsibility on the shoulders of the parties negotiating the UN’s migration package and the EU reform of the Dublin Regulation, because if the idea that migration is good and should be encouraged wins out, then the 15 million internal refugees and people in need of humanitarian aid living in the immediate vicinity of the European Union could easily decide to set out for Europe”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in a telephone statement to Hungarian news agency MTI from Sofia. Mr.
“As it has done so far, in future Hungary will continue to do everything possible to close all loopholes before illegal immigration and the groups and organisations that are organising it”, Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács declared on Monday in Brussels.
“We agree with the UN’s food and agriculture organisations (FAO, IFAD, WFP) that people living in rural areas in developing countries must be given assistance on site to help them find their livelihoods and not be forced to leave their homes”, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Minster of State for Public Administration Andrea Gulyás stressed on Monday at a press conference in Budapest to mark World Food Day.
“It is in the interests of both Hungary and Europe for the Balkan migration route to remain closed, and in view of the fact that Macedonia is a country of key importance in this regard, we are cooperating with those Macedonian forces that are practicing this policy”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a press conference in Ohrid.