Hungarian PM meets EU leaders to discuss refugee crisis

Hungarian prime minister to meet with EU leaders to discuss refugee crisis

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban is to meet with European Union leaders

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will discuss the refugee crisis with European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday. He is expected to meet with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council Chairman Donald Tusk and European Parliament President Martin Schulz, as well as Joseph Daul, the chairman of the European People's Party.

The effort comes after the images of a boy from Syria washed up onto a shore of Bodrum, Turkey and stranded refugees at a Budapest railway station. The European leaders are expected to hold a meeting to discuss and find a solution to the refugee crisis.

Thousands of refugees prevented from boarding trains have stranded at a Budapest railway station since Tuesday due to the disagreement over EU policy. Many of the refugees in Budapest want to travel across Europe but Hungarian PM Orban says it is enforcing EU rules.

Orban said on Thursday that the influx of the refugees into Europe threatens and undermines Europe’s Christian roots and that governments should control their borders before they decide how many refugees to be allowed.

"The people want us to master the situation and protect our borders," he wrote.

"Only when we have protected our borders can questions be asked about the numbers of people we can take in, or whether there should be quotas."

Orban said his country was “overrun” with refugees, most of them were Muslims.

“That is an important question, because Europe and European culture have Christian roots. Or is it not already and in itself alarming that Europe's Christian culture is barely in a position to uphold Europe's own Christian values?” he asked.

Thousands of refugees are waiting to travel from Keleti station

About 2,000 refugees waiting to travel from Keleti station, demonstrated outside Budapest's shuttered Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday.

"We don't want to stay in Hungary, we want to go to whatever place we want," one Syrian man, Mohammed, told the Associated Press agency.

"They are forcing us to stay here."

Germany, Italy and France have called for a “fair distribution” of the refugees. They have demanded a review of current EU rules for providing asylum.

The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron has said providing “peace and stability” is more important than allowing “more and more” refugees to settle in the UK.

TRTWorld and agencies