Budapest, May 18 (MTI) – The opposition Egyutt party and the radical nationalist Jobbik have criticised the prime minister over his most recent comments on Europe’s refugee issue.
Jobbik lawmaker Gergely Kulcsar said on Monday that Viktor Orban’s remarks on the refugee issue “lacked credibility”.
He said the ruling Fidesz party’s actions over its five years in power had not matched Orban’s latest statements. The government has not even attempted to reinstate the Border Guard dissolved by the Socialist government, nor has it attempted to close the refugee reception centre in Debrecen, he said.
Kulcsar noted that Jobbik has been calling for the removal of the refugee reception centre for years, and that it has spoken out against the free movement of the city’s refugees on numerous occasions.
Kulcsar called on the government to deal with the refugee issue in accordance with Orban’s latest comments and implement Jobbik’s proposals.
Egyutt said in a statement that Orban continues to make xenophobic comments for short-term political gain to win back voters he has lost to Jobbik.
The party said Orban is trying to convince voters that immigrants, multinational companies or his political opponents are responsible for Hungary’s problems. This, however, is a lie, as Hungary’s problems are mainly caused by “Fidesz-affiliated potentates and oligarchs stealing anything that moves,” they said.
Earlier on Monday Orban touched on Europe’s refugee issue at a press conference in Debrecen, where he signed a cooperation agreement with the city’s mayor. The prime minister said Hungary has “serious fights” with the EU over the issue.
“Brussels wants that all who arrive in Hungary should stay, and that even more refugees should come. We want no more refugees to come and those who are staying here should go home,” he insisted.
The prime minister argued that “you cannot violate a country’s law on arrival”, through illegally crossing the border, which is a crime. He called it “unacceptable” that “the EU forces on Hungary rules under which it is not a crime.”