Hungarian PM says refugees threaten Europe's Christian roots

Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, says refugees entering Europe threaten Christian roots of European people

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Updated Sep 4, 2015

Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban claimed on Thursday that the influx of refugees entering European borders threaten to weaken Europe's Christian roots. For this reason, all European governments must control their borders, before t the refugees and decide how many refugees should be allowed in.

Earlier this week, the Hungarian police allowed hundreds of refugees to board trains heading for Germany. Most of the refugees want to travel to Germany and other European Union countries to seek asylum

Orban, went to Brussels for a meeting with EU leaders on Thursday, to discuss Europe's biggest problem, migration, on Thursday.

“Everything which is now taking place before our eyes threatens to have explosive consequences for the whole of Europe, Europe’s response is madness. We must acknowledge that the European Union’s misguided immigration policy is responsible for this situation” Orban said to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

“Irresponsibility is the mark of every European politician who holds out the promise of a better life to immigrants and encourages them to leave everything behind and risk their lives in setting out for Europe. If Europe does not return to the path of common sense, it will find itself laid low in a battle for its fate” he added.

Hungarian policemen stand by the family of migrants as they wanted to run away at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary, September 3, 2015. A camp for refugees and asylum seekers is located in Bicske.

“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.

"We must not forget that those who are coming in have been brought up under a different religion and represent a profoundly different culture," he continued.

"The majority are not Christians but 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 able to uphold Europe's own Christian values?"

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

He stated that, this problem belongs to Germany, because all migrants from Middle East want to go to Germany, he said. However, Federica Mogherini, EU’s Foreign Policy Coordinator, claimed this historic test belongs to all EU countries.

Hungarian PM Orban, became the target of criticism for his words towards EU President Donal Tusk saying “For me Christianity in public and social life means a duty to our brothers in need".

"Referring to Christianity in a public debate on migration must mean the humanity to our brothers [and] readiness to show solidarity” he continued.

Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, posted a statement two days ago on its website that stressed, “political refugees have always been accepted by Hungary.”

Peter Szijjarto, Foreign Minister of Trade for Hungry said two days ago, “It is incumbent on Hungary to be generous because of its history and experience…. When war was still ravaging the Western Balkans, Hungary received the refugees arriving from there, who ran from the region to save their own and their families’ lives from the war, without any major international assistance.”

Migrants sleep near the Keleti railway station in Budapest, Hungary, September 3, 2015.

The Mediterranean has been crossed by more than 350,000 refugees this year, in an attempt to enter Europe, as they flee conditions of war and poverty.

The International Organization for Migration, says that some 2,600 refugees have died while trying to cross the sea by using unseaworthy boats. AFP reports that 234,778 people has made it to Greece, 114,276 made it to Italy, 2,166 debarked in Spain and 94 arrived in Malta.


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