Budapest, September 28 (MTI) – The European Union “keeps forcing” its plans for mandatory resettlement migrant quotas, Gergely Gulyás, ruling Fidesz’s deputy group leader, told a press conference on Wednesday, in response to a call from Brussels to speed up distribution of asylum seekers.
Reacting to remarks by EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, Gulyás said it was clear that “Brussels seeks to accelerate the process of resettling illegal migrants in EU members”, and warned that “unless Hungary’s voters halt the process through next Sunday’s referendum”, Hungary may face an influx “without an upper limit” before the end of the year.
The European decision to speed up the distribution process is “an invitation” and may result in another wave of migrants exceeding that of last year, Gulyás insisted.
The Hungarian government is not against migrants; the country’s position is “more humane than that of many western European states,” Gulyás said. The government says that only those should be allowed to enter whom a member state is ready to receive under a voluntary quota, he argued.
“Hungary is not ready to receive migrants,” Gulyás said, and called on voters to turn up at the polls and vote “no” at the upcoming referendum. Those who do so will support the EU, and those staying away will “vote against a strong, efficient and functional Europe retaining its cultural identity,” Gulyás insisted.