Those who support migration are also in favour of terrorists returning to Europe, the foreign minister said in an interview. Speaking to public news channel M1 about the Istanbul round of the Budapest Process interregional forum on migration, Péter Szijjártó said Wednesday’s entire session had been about “how good migration is and how it is a necessary trend”.
The Hungarian delegation was the first to mention the security risks that come with migration and say that every country has a right to decide for itself whether or not it wants immigration in any form, the minister said. The purpose of the session, Szijjártó said, had been to “force through” the parts of the UN’s global migration compact that failed to pass last December. “They also tried to adopt a closing document which referenced the global migration compact and which once again contained a context in which migration was presented as the answer to the challenges we face,” he added. But Hungary’s position on migration is the polar opposite of this, Szijjártó said, adding that the closing document was blocked after Austria and Italy joined the four Visegrad countries in declining to sign it.
In a separate interview to public Kossuth Rádio, Szijjártó said it was “unacceptable” to treat the UN’s migration compact as any kind of reference point, arguing that the package relativises the issue of illegal border crossing. He said the document had proposed that illegal border crossing should be considered an administrative matter instead of a crime. The minister argued, however, that the breach of a country’s border was a crime against its sovereignty.