Budapest, September 7 (MTI) – Hungary will only take back migrants who entered the European Union in this country, the foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Péter Szijjártó reacted to a statement by Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka saying that Austria would go to court if Hungary refused to take back asylum seekers obliged to request asylum in the country where they first entered the EU.
“Hungary’s position is clear and unchanged: we will take back only those who first entered the EU in Hungary,” Szijjártó said in a statement.
Illegal migrants from the Middle East and Africa have “obviously” entered the EU in other countries and the fact that they failed to register there is no excuse.
The decline in the number of illegal migrants arriving in Austria is thanks to stricter border protection in Hungary, he said. “Anyone who criticises a country for protecting Europe and therefore Austria is on the wrong track,” Szijjártó added.
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