Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Friday said he saw nothing wrong with the residents of the village of Öcsény, in southern Hungary, protesting against the encampment of migrant children in their area, arguing that Hungarians “have been told so many lies in connection with migration”, that it was understandable that locals would be suspicious of the move.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the European Union’s Digital Summit in Tallinn, Orbán said Hungarians “do not want to accept migrants into their country or their village”.
“They’ve been told so many lies in connection with migration that they don’t believe that only children would be coming,” he said.
“Hungarians like children,” Orbán insisted, adding that they are also willing to help those in need. “But Hungarians have been lied to so many times that if they are told that they’d be receiving children, their response would be: ‘first children, then parents, then family reunification and then we’re in trouble.'”
Orbán said the people of Öcsény were right to express their opinions in the matter.
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