"Hundreds Of Thousands Of Illegal Migrants May Arrive On Hungary’s Border"

  • 12 Jun 2018 8:54 AM
  • Hungary Matters
"Hundreds Of Thousands Of Illegal Migrants May Arrive On Hungary’s Border"
As long as Europe’s security depends exclusively on the good will of Turkey, its borders will remain defenceless, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s foreign minister, has said.

Szijjártó said Turkey had terminated its agreement with Greece to take back migrants. “This goes to show how fragile the situation has become on Europe’s southern border,” Szijjártó said after a meeting of Central European Initiative foreign ministers in Split.

“If the EU-Turkish deal goes the same way as the Greek-Turkish agreement, a new wave of migrants can be expected on the Western Balkan route, and hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants may arrive on Hungary’s southern border in the blink of an eye”.

Szijjártó said the Western Balkans was the only remaining line of defence and Hungary’s fence “really works”.

He said “very alarming” developments were taking place to the south of Europe, adding that it was “clear” that Brussels had failed to build a southern line of defence over the past three and a half years.

Participants at the meeting agreed on the need for a common policy that does not encourage migrants to move to Europe. “Migration must be tackled at its root.” Countries of origin for migrants should cooperate more closely in order to put a stop to the outflow, he said.

MTI Photo: Mohai Balázs

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