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Cooperation between Hungary and Denmark is expected to grow closer when it comes to the issue of migration and policies affecting the future of the European Union, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has said.

Szijjártó met Inger Stojberg, Denmark’s minister for immigration and integration, and members of the Danish parliament’s foreign and European affairs committee.

Denmark pursues strict migration polices based on a rational approach and puts a premium on security, Szijjártó told MTI. Its migration policies are similar to Hungary’s, stressing the importance of protecting external borders and believing that aid is needed where the problem lies in order to nip the reasons for migration in the bud, he said. Denmark, too, believes that eligibility for EU entry must be assessed outside EU territory, he added. “This is certainly the right position, seeing the lack of success of repatriation policies in recent years,” he said.

Denmark has attracted criticism from the international community for introducing several tough measures, such as banning the veil and expecting migrants to contribute to the cost of their upkeep. The state is authorised, for example, to seize their assets, he noted. In Denmark, a debate has also emerged about the global migration compact, Szijjártó said. The party that supports the minority government from the outside is against the compact, he noted. The UN compact goes completely against the interests of European security and its text clearly shows that European interests were not represented in the debate that preceded its approval, he added.

Europe must be able to protect its borders, and it is up to Europeans to decide whom they want to let in and whom they want to live with, he said, adding that they also had a similar position regarding the risks posed by Brexit regarding the EU’s future. Denmark and Britain are close allies, and Denmark expects Brexit will cause serious political and economic difficulties in the EU, but it will also provide a chance for countries that pursue the rational approach represented by Britain to make their alliance even closer, Szijjártó said.