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ORBÁN: EU FACING UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF MIGRATION PRESSURE

 

The European Union is facing unprecedented levels of migration pressure, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a meeting with his Visegrad Group counterparts in Budapest on Tuesday, arguing that the bloc had never before been under pressure from three directions. Speaking to the media with his Czech, Polish and Slovak counterparts, Orbán said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki had briefed the rest of the V4 on the situation on his country’s border. In addition to the migration pressure on the Polish border, “NGOs are continuously bringing migrants to Europe’s shores” and the Western Balkan route “is again full”, the prime minister said. Orbán thanked Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš for his decision to send soldiers to the Hungarian border and their help in apprehending more than 4,000 illegal entrants. He said people fleeing Afghanistan would also make their way to Europe via the Western Balkan route. Some 30,000-35,000 people are fleeing the central Asian country on a daily basis, so the EU should expect the pressure on the Western Balkan route to increase, he added. “And the Poles are on the receiving end of the latest attack,” Orbán said. “Our Polish friends are the ones under attack because of migration from the east.”