New York, October 1 (MTI) – The situation of Hungarians who left the country after the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising cannot be compared to the current mass migration, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday at a meeting with Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
“We must not allow the situation of the people who fled from the Communist dictatorship in Hungary in the 1950s to be compared to the current mass migration,” he told MTI after the meeting.
“The facts are that Hungarians who left their homes after 1956 were peaceful and cooperated with authorities in foreign countries; they respected other countries’ laws and did not attack the officials of these countries. What we are witnessing now is that the current wave of migration is coupled with major aggression and a significant number of migrants disrespect the laws and regulations of other countries and Europe,” he added.
These two situations are incomparable and anybody claiming the opposite should be rebutted, he said.
Szijjarto said he was in agreement with Eliasson that the migration wave was a global challenge and global responses were needed. Europe should not be left alone. Further, current global trends such as the increasingly difficult access to water, climate change and drawn-out war conflicts all point in the direction of mass migration remaining a long-term problem, Szijjarto added.