Szijjártó: Hungary always accepted political refugees

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Hungary has always accepted foreign political refugees, but we have to differentiate between them and economic migrants, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on state-owned all news channel M1 today.

During the Balkan conflicts in the ʼ90s "Hungary accepted political refugees and their families without any international assistance, however, the question of economic migrants belongs to a different category; we have to find a solution outside of the European Union", Szijjártó said.

The foreign minister added that the elimination of human traffic could put an end to the problem of immigration.

Szijjártó emphasized that next week he will discuss the immigration and refugee issue with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and will lay the foundation of the Budapest conference.

Szijjártó said yesterday that Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán initiated a meeting with the president of the European Council and with the European Commission in Budapest to discuss the challenges associated with Western Balkan migration.

The minister also said that later this week, the question of migration will be raised during the European Council meeting in Brussels.

Since the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January, Hungaryʼs governing Fidesz party has adopted a powerful anti-immigration policy: the government launched national consultations on terrorism and immigration, placed anti-immigration billboards in public places and is planning to close the Hungarian-Serbian border.

As a result of the national consultation, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Hungarians agree that "immigration is dangerous".

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