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Growing migration pressure is mostly due to the European Union's pro-migration policy, and Europe will not be safe until it stops illegal migration, Hungary's minister of foreign affairs and trade said in Valletta on Friday.

After meeting his Maltese counterpart Ian Borg, Péter Szijjártó said both countries were under double pressure from illegal migration and the war in Ukraine. Hungary thwarted 263,000 illegal entry attempts this year alone, and Malta reported rising numbers of arrivals across the Mediterranean, he said. “We shall not be safe from illegal migration as long as Brussels doesn’t change its pro-migration policy,” he said.
Szijjártó accused NGOs of colluding with people smuggler rings and working with them to pressure sovereign European states: “They want to decide who we should accept”. “These organisations are presented as heroes in the West but they are actually members of criminal organisations,” he said.
The war in Ukraine has also brought severe problems to Hungary and Malta, with the former suffering from the energy crisis and the latter from maritime restrictions, Szijjártó said. The two countries agree that “peace is needed as soon as possible”, and neither deliver arms to Ukraine, the minister said.