Brussels and the United Nations clearly share the goal of legalising illegal migration, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s foreign minister, said after a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday.
Illegal migrants have arrived in Europe in an organised way ever since 2015, Szijjártó told Hungarian reporters.
The past three years saw a constant fight between those who want to stop and those who want to organise migration, he said.
The Hungarian government’s position has been consistent ever since the beginning: migration involves dangers and should be stopped, Szijjártó said.
The preparatory talks for the UN global migration compact represented a betrayal of Europeans, Szijjártó said, adding that the final version of the document fails to represent the interests of Europeans.
Hungary wants to preserve an EU where Christmas remains Christmas, with a nativity scene and a Christmas tree. Europe must insist on its traditions and heritage and resist all attempts to irrevocably change the ethnic mix of the European Union, Szijjártó said.
Hungary insists that Europe is faced by a migration issue rather than a refugee issue, and migration processes must be stopped.
Hungary views illegal migrants as illegal migrants and not as refugees, the minister said, adding that the Hungarian government will vote against the UN migration compact in New York.
“There are people in need, whose homes have been torn by war and who have been forced to leave their homes because of terrorist organisations. Such people need help, at home or at the closest safe location to their home,” he said.
Hungary will continue its Hungary Helps scheme with increased effort to help those in need stay at the closest safe location to their home, he said.
Even the most conservative estimates show that 30-35 million people could decide to set off for Europe at any time, he added.
Szijjártó told his colleagues that the EU delegates should not speak on behalf of the EU as a whole in either Marrakesh or New York as a quarter of member countries have rejected the migration compact.
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