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Orbán offers to send migrants to EU: “If it’s good for you, take them”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has offered to send migrants on its border to Western Europe, saying “[You] think migration is good…if it’s good for you, take them.”

The comments were made while speaking to Hungarian public broadcaster Kossuth Radio last week.

“Our argument with Brussels is not because they don’t see the numbers that we see,” said Orbán, according to Hungary Today and reported by Breitbart.

“It’s because they think it’s all good. So they think migration is a good thing. The head of the Brussels bureaucracy has said that it is good if more migrants come, that migration is good, that our societies need migration.

“So they think that what we are fighting against at our southern borders is not a bad thing, it is a good thing, and they see us as wrong because they think that we are preventing a good thing.

“To which we say, you know what, if it’s good for you, take them. Hungary is ready to open a corridor for migrants to march up to Austria, Germany and Sweden.”

Orbán added: “If you need them, take them, but Hungary refuses to allow Brussels to force its opinion on Hungary.”

He added that Hungary was one of the first countries to build a border wall to prevent illegal immigration since the 2015 migrant crisis, but said that now many European countries, including Poland, Greece and Spain had also built such barriers.

Orbán claims that so far, this year, there have been 92,000 attempted illegal crossings into Hungary – four times more than the figures seen last year.

Earlier this month Orbán wrote a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen asking for financial assistance with border protection costs, after Hungary spend €1.64 billion on various national defence measures.

“A new migration crisis is unfolding at the doorstep of the European Union,” Orbán told von der Leyen.

“As you are well aware, the hybrid uses of migration stemming from Belarus, as well as the disastrous evacuation of the security forces from Afghanistan may potentially bring forth an even more severe crisis than what we have witnessed in 2015.”

Orbán says that his border fence has “demonstrated over the past years that it can safeguard the safety of EU citizens and the European Union as a whole”.

The EU has criticised Hungary’s attitude to migrants, and found them guilty of breaking the bloc’s rules on asylum last December.

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