Orbán expects ‘battle’ with Brussels over immigration law

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Hungary needs to set up its own immigration regulatory system, which “will be different in many ways from the current European Union regulations,” Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in an interview with right-wing commercial channel Echo TV over the weekend.

“As a good EU member – because Hungary is a good EU member – we will need to make Europe and Brussels accept our own regulations,” Orbán said. “It is going to be a big battle, a big fight,” he added. Still, the prime minister said he sees a likelihood that Brussels will accept Hungary’s standpoint. Orbán maintained that the European Union should allow its members to create their own legislation, which might be different from other EU states.

The prime minister also said that, following Sweden, Hungary receives the second largest number of immigrants in relation to the population in all of Europe, though many of these immigrants are in transit. Orbán said he believes that, sooner or later, those immigrants who use Hungary as a transit country will be forced to stay here, because Austrians and Germans “have already been negotiating” on making necessary measures to stop immigration.

Commenting on the national consultation on immigrants, a government questionnaire sent to residents that has received wide criticism in the international and Hungarian press, he said: “I find this national consultation important and I urge everyone to give their opinion in connection with that. I believe that our community does not want to see immigrants in this country.”

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