Illegal migration, the growing threat of terrorism, and violence based on religious extremism in Europe are causally related, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said, commenting on a Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Facebook. He proposed that EU foreign ministers should discuss ways to stop migration outside of European Union borders as soon as possible. He also proposed holding a debate on the European Commission’s migration package, which he said offered encouragement to people thinking about setting off for Europe.
Szijjártó said the mandatory migrant settlement quota, which, he insisted, the EC and “Brussels bureaucrats” wanted to maintain, should be removed from the agenda immediately, adding that as long as it was on the agenda, hundreds of thousands of migrants would think it safe to set off for Europe. Szijjártó said that unless migration flows were stopped, it would be impossible to stop the spread of terrorism and violence in Europe.