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Category: Migration




Budapest Summit on Migration

Migration has become a decisive issue in European public life today, drawing new dividing lines in politics and raising essential questions about Europe’s future. Those were some of the recurring themes at the Budapest Summit on Migration, hosted by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium.

Addressing the summit, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called for swift action to be taken on migration and border protection and also called for European unity. “We need to act now,” he said.

The prime minister cited UN data indicating that the population of Africa will rise by half a billion people in 13 years and the gap between…

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April 3, 2019


Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s address at Mathias Corvinus Collegium’s international conference, “Budapest Summit on Migration”

23 March 2019, Budapest

Should we ever want to punish someone in politics, we should do so by making them take the stage after President Sarkozy.

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen,

I cordially welcome you all. If you allow me, I will speak my native language, Hungarian; not especially because of the audience – because I think they all speak English – but more for the Hungarian public and media. So, please accept it. We wish to thank our foreign guests for coming here. Something like this is a big adventure – You  don’t know how big. You are the guests of…

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March 29, 2019


The EP debate about Hungary was nothing more than a pro-migration election rally

Initiated by the Greens, a debate on the question of Hungary’s rule of law made it to the EP plenary’s agenda once again. It had no real justification. There were no new developments that should have prompted yet another debate, but that didn’t stop them. In his regular Friday morning interview on state radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made it clear that he would not bother participating, calling the plenary a “Soros-style session, election rally and campaign event.”

During the debate MEPs of the EPP Group defended Hungary’s well-established stance on migration.

MEP Tamás Deutsch pointed out that “the reasons for…

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Editorial February 12, 2019


Double trouble: visas and debit cards for migrants?

Handing out visas and passing out debit cards filled with EU money are just the latest in the pro-immigration EP majority’s plan to “manage” migration by permitting even more migrants in Europe. 

“Hundreds of thousands of Europeans are looking for more information, information that the European Commission is so eager to conceal,” Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch said at a press conference two weeks ago after submitting a list of 12 questions to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker regarding the proposal to distribute debit cards.

Specifically, the proposal calls for handing out anonymous debit cards to migrants. The debit cards would apparently be…

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Editorial November 27, 2018


PM Orbán: Illegal migrants should be stopped not only on land but also at sea

Hungary’s position on illegal migration, which makes strong borders the first priority, has long been at odds with the approach of some in Brussels, who put more emphasis on providing “better management of migration,” rather than stopping it.

On a recent official visit to Milan, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán reaffirmed his position on illegal migration stating that “Hungary is being attacked because it has proven that borders can be protected, while Brussels said that migrants cannot be stopped and must be allowed to enter”. The Visegrád Group of countries want to stop illegal migration altogether.

In this regard, PM Orbán has…

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Editorial August 16, 2018


The UN’s recipe to make migration a fundamental human right

The zero draft of the United Nations’ migration pact blurs the distinction between refugees and migrants and appears to accommodate legal and illegal migration alike as “a source of prosperity, innovation and sustainable development.”

Furthermore, the document, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his State of the Nation speech on Sunday, “asserts that safe and regulated immigration routes must be created in Europe. The UN asserts that it is every European’s duty to help the immigrants coming to their countries to settle and find jobs.” That’s a significant departure.

This draft of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration…

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Editorial February 20, 2018


Hungary acknowledges ECJ decision on migrant quotas but will keep up the struggle to defend national competences

Past Wednesday, the European Court of Justice rejected Hungary’s and Slovakia’s challenge to the European Council’s decision on a compulsory migrant resettlement quota. While the ruling was not a total surprise it represents a dangerous precedent, goes against the will of European citizens and exemplifies the way in which EU institutions usurp powers that rightfully belong to the Member States. While Hungary acknowledges the decision, we will continue to oppose efforts to take away from the Member States what is a national competence, the authority to decide on immigration matters.

Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and…

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Editorial September 13, 2017


Why the referendum in Hungary?

The Orbán government has openly campaigned for a No vote in the October 2 referendum on whether the EU should be able to “mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary” without approval of the national assembly. The government believes strongly that matters of migration and citizenship must remain the competence of individual member countries, not the Union.

Critics, as expected, have labeled the referendum as the first step in a Hungarian “Brexit.” On the contrary, Prime Minister Orbán has been unequivocal about the country’s support for the European Union. It was, in large part, Orbán’s government that…

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András Gyürk September 29, 2016


The Deliberate Misinterpretation of Hungary’s Referendum on Migration

As EU and UK leaders struggle to determine next steps following the Brexit referendum, we see a new story emerging, a tale heavy with political spin. A number of sources have been trying to paint the coming referendum in Hungary on the EU’s migration policy as a “Huxit,” they couldn’t be further from the truth.

Hungary’s referendum – now scheduled to take place October 2 – has nothing to do with leaving the European Union. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has spoken unequivocally about the government’s support for a strong EU, and stated quite publicly his hope that the United Kingdom would…

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András Gyürk July 19, 2016


Failing to take tough decisions

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, France activated its highest state of alert. President François Hollande, a Socialist, summoned his cabinet and then joined the mourners. Thousands of police were activated but the national dragnet missed the perpetrators. No one resigned from the cabinet, police or intelligence services in the aftermath.

After the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium activated its highest state of alert. PM Charles Michel of the liberal Mouvement Réformateur summoned his cabinet and then joined the mourners. Thousands of police were activated but the national dragnet missed the perpetrators. No one resigned from the Liberal cabinet, police…

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András Gyürk April 12, 2016