Orban: Hungary is not an immigrant country

The prime minister responded to Jean-Claude Juncker

MH – 2017.09.08. 12:38 –

Viktor Orban reiterated his request to Jean-Claude Juncker about the reimbursement of the border protection's costs and rejected the Commission's restrictive interpretation of solidarity.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban sent a letter of reply to President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the text of which was provided to the kormany.hu website on Thursday afternoon. "Hungary should always behave as a country where there are Schengen borders, but for geographic reasons, migrants can only enter the country if they have crossed the borders of the EU in other member states; mainly in Greece", he reminded.

“On behalf of the Hungarian Government, I would like to make it clear that in or opinion your interpretation of the principle of solidarity is not in accordance with European Union legislation, and it is not in accordance with Hungarian historic traditions either, the Prime Minister continued, pointing out that in contrast to some of the major member states of the European Union, Hungary does not have a colonial past.

“These major member states have become immigrant countries due to the obligations stemming from their colonial legacy. Hungary on the other hand is not an immigrant country, does not want to be an immigrant country, and cannot accept being forced to change this. The interpretation of the principle of solidarity described in your letter is in essence the transformation of Hungary into an immigrant country, against the will of Hungarian citizens. In my view this is not solidarity, it is violence”, the letter states.