As the pandemic is being reined in, the issue of migration will move back into the focus of European politics, Viktor Orbán said in a radio interview on Friday. “Legions of migrants are banging on almost all European doors”, the prime minister told public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió.
The number of illegal border crossing attempts at Hungary’s southern borders increased to 38,000 so far this year as against around 10,000 in the same period of last year, he said. The pressure of migration is growing not only on land but also at Europe’s maritime borders, he added.
Hungary’s position is clear in rejecting migration, Orbán said. Migration is especially dangerous at the time of a pandemic, which is why he proposed not allowing any kind of migration for two years, he said.
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Commenting on the 137,000 people who had not shown up for the second coronavirus vaccination, he said “Hungarians generally have a sense of responsibility but it seems not everybody does”.
Orbán asked everyone to show up for the second jab
because failing to do so will result in the cancellation of their vaccination certificate. This, however, will not apply to people who could not receive the second jab because of health reasons, he added.
Hungary’s economy is poised for a successful relaunch, Viktor Orbán said in a radio interview on Friday. Addressing the question of how public funds should be dispersed, the prime minister told public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió that any extra revenue produced by the economy should be “given back” to the people who worked for it, especially to families who bore the brunt of the coronavirus crisis.
Orbán said anyone raising a child should recoup the money “they worked for and paid in taxes” up to the average income.
“Families need to have greater security in order to ensure a safer, less fragile economy,” he said, adding that since low earners tended to be in the most precarious position, the minimum wage would have to be raised. A balance must be struck between hiking the minimum wage and maintaining the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises, the prime minister said.