Orbán: I thank God that I don't live in a country where 10-20 percent of the population are migrants

November 10. 2023. – 09:14 AM


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Most Friday mornings, Hungary’s Prime Minister gives an interview on one of the public radio stations. Since the independent media has not had a chance to interview him for several years, these weekly radio interviews provide a rare opportunity for finding out what the leader of the country thinks about current events, how he sees his opponents and any issues at hand.

The recent report of the Hungarian secret service paints a frightening future and confirms that we must keep doing what we have been doing, Viktor Orbán said in his Friday morning interview on Kossuth Rádió, referring to the secret service's report about the situation at Hungary's southern border and migration, published last week.

Migrants are becoming increasingly aggressive and terror and migration go hand in hand, Orbán explained.

He also claimed that activists of terror organisations are the ones behind radicalisation and that migration is fuelled and shaped by individuals who have been trained for this.

Once we let migrants in, they cannot be kicked out, the Prime Minister said.

This would mean that our children and grandchildren would live their lives in a country "that would not be good, that would be unstable, that would be full of acts of terror, crime, and Gaza-like mini ghettos".

This can still be prevented, he says, which is why he does not understand "the pro-migration left", which votes for anything that promotes migration in Brussels. Orbán added that he would like to see unity about this in society, and said that the only remedy to the problem is to not allow migrants into the country.

I thank God that I don't live in a country where 10-20 percent of the population are migrants, Orbán continued.

In 2015, when Western Europe was talking about migrants being good and beautiful, the Hungarian government had its heart and mind in the right place. Orbán said: we must not allow them to impose on us the policies that have already ruined them. Orbán's message to Western European leaders is: "Don't try to send us the migrants that you made the mistake of letting in".

“We don't want mini-Gazas in the districts of Budapest, and we don't want terror attacks, gang wars and all the things we see in the big cities of Western Europe.”

The Prime Minister said he was preparing for a fight: one of the stakes of next June's EP elections will be whether a change can be brought about in Brussels so that the political mindset that's forcing refugees on us can be ousted. He says that the national consultation will be of great assistance to him in this fight.

He also said that legislation should be examined to see whether it is adequate to deal with the increasing migration. The government will submit a new Aliens Act to Parliament, which will be stricter than the previous one and will clearly define the legal status of foreigners residing in Hungary and how those who are here illegally can be kicked out of the country. This will also be coupled with a firm immigration policing authority.

He said this was necessary because "otherwise the migrants will take over our country".

"Hungary belongs to the Hungarians, and Hungarian jobs belong to the Hungarians", Orbán said.

"The essence of power is the ability to act together", the Prime Minister said, adding that this is why the national consultation, from which he expects a show of unity, is so important. Elections, referendums and national consultations enable us to act together and strengthen our capacity to do so. According to Orbán, the Brussels leadership has been taken captive by the globalist elite, and the interests of the Hungarian, Italian or German people are not what drives them.

The Russian-Ukrainian war is destroying Europe

The Hungarian Prime Minister went on to say that the Russian-Ukrainian war must be isolated and localised. “Our interest is for it to become (....) a conflict of two Slavic nations”. But to him it seems that the US leadership wants to expand it, which is why they are sending money and weapons. But this war becoming a global one is not in the interest of Hungary and Europe.

"The Russian-Ukrainian war is destroying Europe," he said. For Hungary, it would have severe consequences, amounting to economic bankruptcy, if we were to financially support the Ukrainian state. But we are humans, we do have a heart, we are a Christian nation after all”, Orbán explained, so we are sending humanitarian aid, but not weapons or soldiers.

Orbán expects the next month and a half before the end of the year to be an extremely difficult time in politics.

"There are attacks coming from Brussels that we have to repel." Such is the subject of migration and Ukraine's accession to the EU, which the Prime Minister says should not even be up for discussion.

He also said that the EU funds due to Hungary should be released, and that support for Ukraine's EU accession should not be a basis for negotiations. "I vehemently oppose any linking of the two", he said.

Viktor Orbán avoids critical questions at home. It’s been years since he gave an interview to independent media. However, for several years, most Friday mornings he has been a regular guest on state-owned Kossuth Rádió, where he is interviewed by a lead editor of the public broadcasting service (operating from an annual budget of 320 million euros). Katalin Nagy has been almost exclusively the only person allowed to interview Orbán on the state-owned channel throughout his third and fourth term with a two-thirds majority in parliament. She has received the state decoration of the Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary and doesn’t shy away from asking questions.