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Providing pathways to education to people in need and stabilising countries near warzones are key steps to eliminating the problem of mass illegal migration, Hungary's foreign minister said in New York.

Addressing the partnership forum of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Peter Szijjártó outlined four elements he said were crucial to handling illegal migration. Would-be migrants need to be given a competitive education, and in order to achieve this, the international community must launch scholarship programmes, Szijjártó told the forum. The world must also create the conditions for persecuted communities to remain in their homelands, he said. Troubled regions should receive technological assistance and the world must help stabilise countries around warzones, the minister added. Hungary is a leader in providing assistance in all these areas, Szijjártó said, noting that the Hungarian government has provided scholarships to 5,400 foreign university students. These students can then use the knowledge they acquire in Hungary to help modernise their own countries, he said.
There was also a need, he said, to support countries surrounding warzones so they can provide care for refugees. That is why Hungary provides such support to Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, he said.