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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, speaking at a conference on migration in Budapest, called for swift action to be taken on migration and border protection and he also called for European unity.

“We must act now,” Orbán told the Budapest Migration Conference organised by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium. If European policymakers fail to make decisions straightaway, then it will be impossible to stop later what has already begun, he said, citing UN data indicating that the population of Africa will rise by half a billion people in 13 years and the gap between the quality of life in Africa and Europe will widen. “Migration pressure from Africa will surely grow.” Orbán urged help to be given to Africans in their home countries rather than in Europe. The migration policies of eastern and western parts of Europe must be reconciled now, since this would be impossible later on, he said. Current EU leaders and structures are not up to the task of resolving the problem of migration, he said, adding that the European Commission should be stripped of its powers over migration policymaking and border protection, and a body of Schengen area interior ministers established to address the issue. “If, at least, we achieve this after the European elections, it will have been worth holding them.”