Orbán: We should ‘consider’ Austrian idea to forgo fences

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Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said we should “consider” Austriaʼs suggestion to simply let refugees pass through Hungary on their way west, and added that European leaders “essentially” agreed with five out of the six points he proposed yesterday during a Brussels meeting on the refugee crisis, index.hu reported this morning.

Orbán reportedly said at the summit that Hungary has two options, either defending the borders of Schengen with fences or letting “migrants” pass through Hungary towards Austria and Germany.

Austria’s Chancellor Werner Faymann “clearly said that if we can only stop them with fences, then we would rather let them through. This needs to be considered,” Orbán said according to index.hu, a Hungarian online daily.

Regarding his own suggestions, “we could not agree on mutually defending the borders of Greece if it is not able to do so by itself. This was the most important proposal of all,” Orbán (pictured) was quoted as saying yesterday. “In this sense, therefore, the border of Europe is still not being protected, and through Greece, illegal migrants violating international treaties are still arriving.”

Points on which Orbán claims other leaders agreed with him include: 

  • Refugees and “economic migrants” should be differentiated outside the Schengen borders.
  • A list of “safe countries” should be determined by the EU, and all EU members should be on the list.
  • Every EU member should raise their inpayments by 1% and lower their expenditures by another 1%, so that €3 billion can be set aside for a fund to deal with the crisis.
  • Partnerships should be forged with countries that are indispensable for handling the situation, especially with Turkey, but also with Russia.
  • Introduction of world quotas – refugees should be distributed not only in Europe but the whole world.

Though the summit of Tuesday and Wednesday has ended, the European Council has schedule a meeting for October 14-15 to discuss solutions for the challenges of the influx of refugees, Index.hu reported.

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