Daily News | Sep 21, 2018 | 1
Foreign minister welcomes Donald Tusk’s statement about mandatory migrant quotas
“It is a gratifying development that finally there is a senior European politician, the president of the European Council, namely Europe’s top leader, who finally declares the truth, which is already known to all. The mandatory migrant resettlement quota is ineffective and divisive, and forcing immigration is dangerous,” Szijjártó said in San Francisco, where he is holding talks with local business executives and representatives of the Hungarian community.
“Illegal immigration should be halted rather than organised. Some bureaucrats in Brussels, however, are organising and encouraging the inflow of illegal migrants in Europe, which is dangerous to the continent and its population. The mandatory quotas run totally counter to common sense and the European rules,” Szijjártó said.
In a letter of invitation to a summit of heads of state and government, Tusk called the resettlement scheme “ineffective and highly divisive”.
The European Commission has sharply criticised Tusk’s statement. Germany said it did not share the President’s position and insisted on the mandatory quota scheme.
“Those levelling vile and hypocritical attacks at Tusk are the ones who have supported for years the European Commission’s misguided immigration policy,” Szijjártó said. That policy is a grave danger to European citizens, he insisted, because the waves of illegal immigration provide terrorist organisations with a perfect opportunity to place their agents in the continent. The result is clear, Szijjártó said: over the past two years, Europe has seen 27 severe attacks killing 330 and injuring 1300.
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