The reason that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has not briefed parliament about the results of last week’s European Union summit is that the migration crisis is over, DK deputy group leader Gergely Arató told a press conference.
What the government has to say about this issue “is completely out of touch with reality”, he added.
Citing figures from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex, he said that as against over one million migrants arriving at Europe’s southern borders in 2015, the figure dropped to 160,000 in 2017 and less than 50,000 in the first five months of this year.
The migrant wave is over but the Hungarian government has political motives to keep alive a “fake conflict”, Arató said.
The majority of new arrivals are economic migrants whose requests need to be assessed under national authority. Furthermore, the EU summit decided that there would be no mandatory resettlement, he said.
Ruling Fidesz responded by saying that DK was “still pro-migration and they prove it time and again”. Europe is dealing with a continuous inflow of migrants, and new migrant waves are continuously setting off from Africa and the Middle East, the party said in a statement. ”
The situation in the Balkans is critical. The only ones denying migration and calling for the abandonment of protection against migration are those who want to flood Europe with migrants and turn our country into a country of immigrants, too,” Fidesz said.
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