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The migration policy pursued by “Brussels bureaucrats” is “unfair, unlawful and antidemocratic”, the deputy prime minister in charge of Hungarian communities abroad, church policy and national and ethnic minorities, said. Addressing a conference organised by the Századvég Foundation in Budapest, Zsolt Semjén said Brussels’s migration policy was unfair because “they forgot to ask us about it and now that there’s trouble, they want to force it onto us”.

Semjén said the policy was also unfair because western member states wanted to keep skilled migrants while “dumping” unskilled migrants onto Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia and Romania.

Semjén said the EU’s migrant policy was unlawful because it encouraged everyone to cross the bloc’s borders illegally. Finally, Semjén said the policy was antidemocratic because Brussels had failed to ask the European people whether they wanted to live in mixed countries filled with immigrants. Hungary, on the other hand, launched “national consultation” campaigns and held a referendum, he said, emphasising that the Hungarian people had chosen not to become a country of immigrants. Semjén said the primary duty of the leader of a country was to protect their state and provide help to those in need in poverty or war-stricken areas. Europe should be built on Christian civilisation, the diversity of nations and “national existence”, the deputy PM said. Those who attack Christian civilisation attack the very essence of Europe, he argued.