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Europe risks being 'destabilized' by migrant crisis: Hungary PM

01 october 2015, 17:19

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban warned at the United Nations on Wednesday that Europe will be "destabilized" if the mass flows of migrants and refugees continue unabated, AFP reports.

"If there is no change in the current trends, Europe will be destabilized," Orban told a meeting called to agree on a global response to the migration crisis.

Europe's handling of the crisis has come into focus amid an intense diplomatic debate over the way forward to end the war in Syria, which has driven four million people from their homes.

Hungary has taken a hard line on migration, shutting down its border with Serbia and building a razor wire fence to keep out the tens of thousands of people on the run.

Orban called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to launch negotiations on burden-sharing by setting global quotas on accepting migrants.

"Let me be clear: Europe will not be able to carry this burden on our own," he said.

Tackling the migrant crisis will require greater attention to bolstering peace and economic development, Orban argued, to "give back these people their homes and their country."

"It cannot be our objective to provide them with a new European life," said Orban.

Ban opened the meeting with an appeal to keep borders open and combat xenophobia.

"The future does not belong to those who seek to build walls or exploit fears," said the UN chief, who has expressed outrage over Hungary's treatment of refugees.

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