Migration offers no solution for the major global problems, Human Resources Minister Zoltán Balog said in Budapest on Monday.
Speaking before a lecture Olivier Dashe Doeme, Bishop of Maiduguri (Nigeria), gave at Budapest’s Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Balog said that instead of migration, helping those in trouble in their native land makes more sense.
“All this does not mean, however, that we cannot give shelter to one another,” the minister said.
This is why the Hungarian government has invited “Christian youth with a thirst for knowledge” in the framework of a scholarship programme. Within a few weeks, over 400 young people applied for the programme. Out of them, 100 will start their studies in Hungary in September, he said.
Balog added that Hungary plans to grant scholarship to 150 young Christians next year.
In his lecture, Bishop Doeme said that one of their main enemies in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist organisation is corruption. Due to Nigeria’s corrupt leaders, foreign aid often fails to find its way to those in need, he said.
The bishop suggested that foreign donors should send their aid to Nigeria via the church, which he said would ensure that it would get to those who really need it.
Jan Figel, special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the European Union, said that freedom of religion is not guaranteed in 40 percent of countries. Three quarters of mankind are not allowed to freely exercise their religion, he said.