Hungary's Orban: Migrants bring crime, terrorism to Europe
BUDAPESTMar 01, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
Mar 01, 2016 12:00 am
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban condemned on Sunday the European Union's failure to get to grips with its migrant crisis and vowed to resist pressure to take in more migrants, saying they would bring crime, terrorism and other problems.
Orban has long been known for his fiery right-wing rhetoric, but in his annual state of the nation address he struck a particularly harsh tone towards the refugees and Brussels over its attempts to impose migrant quotas on member states. "We cannot let it force upon us the sour fruits of their misguided immigration policy. We want to import no crime, terrorism, homophobia or anti-Semitism to Hungary," he said, adding the quota system could cause the EU's disintegration.
"There will be no lawless districts in Hungarian cities. There will be no riots, no refugee camps set on fire and no gangs will hunt for our wives and daughters," he said, using characteristically blunt language.
More than a million migrants, many escaping war and poverty in Syria and elsewhere, have fled to Europe over the last year, many passing through Hungary en route for wealthier western European nations, especially Germany.
Orban, 52, has often framed his approach to the migrant crisis as a defence of Europe's Christian culture and heritage against the tide of mostly Muslim migrants. "The migration wave can be stopped," he said. "Europe is a community of half a billion people, more than Russia and the United States combined.
Europe has the technology, the strategic and economic might to defend itself," he said. Orban said he did not blame the migrants for only doing "what they think is best for them" by coming to Europe but European leaders for failing to devise coherent policies to stem and reverse the tide.
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