Hungary Backs ‘Europe of Families’, Not ‘Europe of Migrants’

SUBOTICA, SERBIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Migrants make their way through Serbia, near the town of Subotica, towards a break in the steel and razor fence erected on the border by the Hungarian government on September 9, 2015 in Subotica, Serbia. Thousands of migrants have funnelled their way across country to …
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Hungary’s foreign affairs minister has warned that Europe will be weakened if it abandons families in favour of mass migration.

“Europe will be strong if it becomes a Europe of families, because if the Europe of migrants is realised, then it will be weak,” Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said during a conference in Budapest on Thursday.

The minister’s comments during the event, entitled Europe’s Future: Family or Migration, comes after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced a series of family-friendly economic policies earlier in February.

The tax breaks for mothers, increasing government benefits, and expanding childcare provisions are aimed to encourage Hungarians to have children to stave off the country’s demographic decline, rather than adopt Western Europe’s policy of relying on mass migration from the Global South, because “in our minds, immigration means surrender,” Mr Orbán had said.

“If we resign ourselves to the fact that we are unable to sustain ourselves even biologically, by doing so we admit that we are not important even for ourselves,” the Christian conservative leader said.

“The fate of such peoples is slow but certain obliteration, until they become a mere cloud of dust on the highway of nations. It is not written in the great book of humanity that there must be Hungarians in the world. It is only written in our hearts,” he had added.

Foreign Minister Szijjártó went to add that the struggle between the progressive left’s push for migration in Europe will come to a head in May’s European Parliament elections, where Europeans “will have a decisive say in which path the continent will follow” and will determine “whether Europe will be strong or weak.”

With even Soros-backed think tank the European Council on Foreign Relations predicting that populists will make major gains in the polls and will ultimately influence the rest of the EU’s institutions, Mr Szijjártó, too, predicts, the end of the progressive rule in Europe.

“The newly formed European institutions will hopefully represent an anti-immigration and strongly pro-European position, and the next European Parliament and European Commission will stand up on the side of European families instead of the migrants,” he said.

Ministerial Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for a Civil Hungary Zoltán Balog added at the conference that “Realising a Europe of families is not just a question of demographics, but also a cultural and spiritual issue.”

“However, when Europe gives up its identity and sides with multiculturalism, the question arises: to what can people be integrated?” Mr Balog added.


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