The latest figures on illegal border crossings in Europe contradict claims by some EU leaders that the migration crisis is over, the foreign minister said in Brussels.
“Brussels is making a stealth attempt to reinstate its failed migration policy,” Péter Szijjártó told reporters during a break in a meeting with his European Union counterparts. “There’s some hoodwinking going on when it comes to migration, with European officials cheering and giving their analysis about how the migration crisis is a thing of the past,” he said. The minister argued that the most recent reports show that the number of people attempting to enter Europe illegally is up. The fact that 50% more illegal migrants were apprehended in Turkey last year than in 2017 and that the number of arrivals on the Greek-Turkish land border is rising contradicts the claims of some EU leaders, Szijjártó said. Further, the number of illegal arrivals registered in Spain and Cyprus has doubled over the past year.
Szijjártó pointed out that the UN global migration compact is included as a reference point in the migration chapter of the joint declaration of the upcoming EU-Arab League ministerial meeting. He noted that one-third of the EU member states did not vote for the package.