Orban offers Europe to open a refugee corridor “when they need it”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has offered Europe the opening of a refugee corridor across the country’s western border “if they need it” and after linking the phenomenon of migration to the spread of the pandemic without providing any evidence.

Hungary, one of the gates to the EU for migrants fleeing armed conflict and economic hardship, has denounced the increasing pressure on its borders in recent months and demanded compensation in return for its work as a “buffer state”.

“If they need it, let them take them with you,” Orban said of the thousands of migrants who tried to cross the country (a total of 91,500 migrants since the beginning of the year, up from 28,000 in 2020, according to government estimates). to reach Western Europe.

Orban offers Europe to open a refugee corridor “when they need it”
Orban offers Europe to open a refugee corridor “when they need it”

As in the middle of this week in a letter to the European Commission, she has reiterated her demand that the EU reimburse the costs for the fences at the Hungarian borders. “There is a just and just need (for it)”, it says in statements of the news portal Népszava.

“It is time for the Commission to do what it should have done years ago and to recognize that the protection of the external borders is an indisputable expression of European solidarity and that the efforts of the Member States in this regard deserve recognition and support,” he said he previously noted by Orban in his letter.

Regarding the connection between migration and pandemic, Orban limited himself to the fact that “migrants bring different variants with them”, without giving further details.

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