Illegal migration has no winners, only beneficiaries, Gergely Gulyás, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said in Budapest on Friday.
Addressing a conference organised by Mathias Corvinus Collegium, an institution engaged in talent promotion, Gulyás said that beneficiaries include the “philanthropic financier who is ready to lend money to promote migration which he tries to present as a fundamental human right”, the underworld profiting from human trafficking, and the political Left which tries to canvas new supporters by granting them refugee status and citizenship.
Mass migration without integration, however, does harm to the source countries which may lose whole generations, the migrants who are exposed to fatal dangers during their journey, and the recipient countries which have to cover the costs of futile integration efforts and the collapse of public security from taxpayer money, he said.
Gulyás said that some irresponsible decision makers challenge the right of European nations to pass decisions on issues that determine their future for the decades or centuries to come.
The past years have proven that migration is an inappropriate response to demographic challenges and labour shortages, he said.
Gulyás said that no one questions the duty of richer states to help the poorer ones but the form of such assistance is a matter of debates.
Hungary is proud of its involvement in peacekeeping missions and firmly believes help needs to be taken to where the trouble is, he said. As an example, he cited the Hungary Helps programme which directly addresses the concrete problems of local communities.