Gergely Gulyás, the ruling Fidesz party’s parliamentary group leader, said central Europe is the region the most threatened by the EU’s mandatory migrant settlement quota because immigrants must be directed to countries where the level of immigration is still low.
Speaking on public radio early on Sunday, the politician said this is a threat not only to Hungary but also other countries that reject immigration.
On the topic of Thursday’s vote on a report of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), Gulyás told Kossuth Radio that a large number of the MEPs of the European People’s Party had also voted in favour of the proposal, as had MEPs of the “Hungarian leftist liberal opposition”. He said this was highly irresponsible when
80-90 percent of Hungarians are against immigration.
The governments of EU member states are far less enthused by the issue than members of the European Parliament, he said. This is why Hungary’s government must take a stand backed by the results of the “National Consultation” public survey, which is expected to show the vast majority of Hungarians against accepting migrants, he added.
Gulyás said the European Parliament had a distorted idea of solidarity in connection with migration because it was asking for solidarity towards people who enter EU territory illegally. He said the fence itself represented solidarity because it spared western European countries the burden of migration.
Fidesz deputy leader Szilárd Németh told a news conference on Sunday that the Hungarian left wing had voted for the mandatory migrant quota in the European Parliament.
He said the plan the left-wing politicians had voted for was precisely the one they had repeatedly denied even existed.
Behind the Brussels decision were the various associates of US billionaire George Soros, and the committee’s vote was a key part of the implementation of the “Soros plan”, he added.
The opposition, far from caring about Hungary’s security and sovereignty, is only interested in coming to power in next year’s election, he insisted. “Fulfilling the plan is their side of the bargain in return for financing for their political agenda,” Németh said.