Orbán: Germany secretly OKʼd 500,000 more refugees

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Germany and Turkey made a secret pact at Sundayʼs summit in Ankara to let as many as half a million more Syrians go from Turkey into the European Union, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said today.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán makes a point at the gathering of ethnic Hungarians as Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén listens. (Photo: MTI/Szilárd Koszticsák)

“Beyond what we agreed with Turkey in Brussels there’s something that doesn’t figure in the agreement,” Orbán was quoted as saying by Bloomberg news. “We’ll wake up one day – and I think this will be announced in Berlin as soon as this week – that we have to take in 400,000 to 500,000 refugees directly from Turkey.”

Orbán suggested that this plan existed during a speech to ethnic Hungarian leaders and diaspora in Budapest today, according to reports.

The agreement announced at Sundayʼs summit involved €3 billion in EU financial support in exchange for Turkey keeping more refugees in that country, and Orbán praised that agreement as something that he had been promoting. 

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