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Europe is under migration pressure from multiple directions which is likely to grow in the coming months due to the European Union’s “irresponsible” migration policies, Hungary’s foreign minister said in Finland.
In addition to the migration pressure from the south and southeast of the continent, Europe is now also struggling with a flow of migrants from the east, the foreign ministry cited Péter Szijjártó as saying at a forum of the Visegrad, northern and Baltic states in Hämeenlinna, in southern Finland. Lithuania and Poland feel threatened by the flow of migrants from the direction of Belarus, Szijjártó said according to the ministry’s statement, adding that this also had a direct impact on northern Europe. The migration pressure on these parts of the EU is likely to increase over the coming months, he said, pointing out that some four million Afghans had already fled their country and “certain people in western Europe are encouraging them to set off for the continent”.
Szijjártó said northern Europe today was facing the same challenge central Europe had been dealing with since 2015, adding that this was changing those countries’ approach towards the issue of migration and border fences like the one Hungary built in 2015 were no longer uncommon in the EU.