Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said Hungary’s investments, pension increases and family benefits would be compromised if the country hosted migrants to the tune of 9 million forints (EUR 29,000) per migrant each year.
Speaking at the handover of a section of the newly completed bypass at Várpalota, in western Hungary, on Friday, Orbán said: “Our plans for road construction, development … and modern villages will be in vain if the resources are spent on migration…”
The prime minister said resources should be instead allocated to projects that serve the interests of “Hungarians living here”.
In Austria and Bavaria, huge amounts of financial resources have been used up “building an immigrant country”, he insisted.
Hungary cannot afford 100 billion forints (EUR 320m) each year “to operate an immigrant country”, he added.
The new development at Várpalota will improve the quality of life of 100,000 people as well as boosting the competitiveness of many businesses, he said. The new road section, he added, will complete the Székesfehérvár-Várpalota-Veszprém axis, making it one of the flagships of the Hungarian economy, Orbán said.
The prime minister noted that since 2010, 670km of new road sections have been built in Hungary at a cost of 1,200 billion forints. Another 900km of four-lane road sections will be completed by 2022, he said, adding that 4,000km of road has been renewed.
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