The European Union “must protect its borders at sea and on land as expected by its voters,” an MEP of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz has said.
The EU should “prevent thousands of migrants from risking their lives at the Mediterranean Sea; it should make it clear that they cannot enter the continent illegally and it must eliminate the human smuggling rings,” Kinga Gál said. She responded to remarks by European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, who said that the number of illegal immigrants had plummeted in Europe and there was no migration crisis on the continent. He said the EU was a community based on solidarity and humanitarian values, and called for sustainable and predictable mechanisms towards refugees so that those values are preserved.
Péter Niedermüller, an MEP of the leftist Democratic Coalition, called for temporary measures to distribute migrants rescued at sea among volunteering member states before the new European Parliament is formed in July. Meanwhile, Lőrinc Nacsa, the parliamentary spokesman of Hungary’s co-ruling Christian Democrats, accused George Soros and leading EU politicians he said were being “paid” by the US billionaire of being behind Brussels’ migration policy and related proposals.