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Hungarian PM says migrant flow 'look like army'

23 october 2015, 16:02
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. ©AFP
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. ©AFP

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday defended his hardline stance against refugees, saying that "seventy percent of the migrants are young men and they look like an army", AFP reports.

"What he have been facing is not a refugee crisis," he said in an address to the European People's Party congress, which groups conservative parties from across the European Union, in Madrid.

"This is a migratory movement composed of economic migrants, refugees and also foreign fighters. This is an uncontrolled and unregulated process," he added.

"Right to human dignity and security are basic rights. But neither the German nor the Hungarian way of life is a basic right of all people on the Earth.

Almost 600,000 people fleeing war and poverty, many of them refugees from Syria's civil war, have arrived in Europe so far this year, with the bulk of them heading for Germany and Sweden.

Hungary has responded to the largest migration wave Europe has seen since World War Two by building a steel fence along its borders with Serbia and Croatia, a step both welcomed and criticised by various leaders around Europe.

"We cannot avoid to speak about the quality of our democracies," said Orban.

"Does it comply with the freedom of information and speech that media usually show women and children while seventy percent of the migrants are young men and they look like an army?".

"Just because we do not consider them as enemies we must not act againt ourselves. Our moral responsibility is to give back these people to their homes and countries," Orban said.


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