Europe’s economic migration crisis according to János Lázár

September 11, 2015

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Minister Overseeing the Office of the Prime Minister János Lázár held his weekly press conference Thursday to let Hungarians know the government has absolutely no idea how to manage the economic migration crisis that allows British comedians and other vermin to enter Hungary without so much as a “by your leave”.

The minister backtracked on the government’s earlier plans to build what he called “transit zones” along the Hungary-Serbia border, but not before accusing Western Europe, namely Germany, of using the government’s poor management of the refugee crisis to humiliate the Hungarian nation.

Lázár kicked off the press conference by saying 176,000 asylum seekers have crossed through Hungary this year. The situation is, indeed, a crisis, he said, and the Western media isn’t making it any easier on the Hungarian people with “its deliberately skewed and deceptive reporting”.

The bad press, Lázár said, is simply too much for the Hungarian government to handle. That’s no problem, said the minister, because the government is too busy finding solutions to protect its border anyway.

Hungary will continue to be super helpful to everyone that needs help, he said, referring to the asylum seekers, but that help needs to be sought at Hungary’s refugee camps.

Hungary to legislate its way out of the crisis!

A string of new laws addressing the refugee crisis adopted by parliament last week will come into force on September 15th. Fidesz and the government hopes an expedited asylum processing system, declaring the refugee crisis a “state of emergency”, and deploying the military along the border will solve the problem.

Lázár complained repeatedly about the country’s refugee crisis being the responsibility of the European Union, even though the minister himself frequently criticizes the EU for “impinging on Hungarian sovereignty” and “interfering with its domestic affairs”.

He said Hungary is being pressured by the European Commission to take part in plans for a joint EU plan to deal with the continent’s refugee crisis, specifically to take part in a quota system for distributing the refugees among the 28 Member States.

Lázár: Hungary and the V4 will boycott any proposal for the creation of a quota system

“The dictate that Europe’s great powers are trying to force onto Hungary with respect to the quota system will be rejected by the Hungarian government as per our agreement with the V4 [Visegrád Four] countries and our obligation to follow through with the decisions made at European Council summits in the Spring and in June,” Lázár said.

The Hungarian government would reject any plan by the European Commission to create “hot spot” camps in Italy, Greece and Hungary to process asylum seekers. “Anyone subject to political persecution in the Middle East is entitled to asylum protections, but economic migrants who are not seeking asylum from political persecution will not be allowed to request asylum. They will not be allowed to abuse the asylum request process, and they will have to deal with the fact that they must leave Europe.”

Lázár’s statements regarding who is (and is not) entitled to asylum protections in Hungary is patently misleading. The government’s recent changes to the country’s asylum protection laws disregards whether an asylum seeker is subject to political persecution in their homeland. Instead, the government’s position is that anyone arriving to Hungary from a “safe third country” – such as Serbia – is not entitled to asylum protections under Hungarian law.

Lázár: Hungary is being threatened by organized crime groups and terrorists

The minister said Hungary is experiencing a heightened level of organized criminal activity and is at risk of terrorist attacks because of the refugees.

“Terrorists have come to Hungary,” Lázár said.

(Actually, they’ve been running the place for the past five years.-ed.)

Sending asylum seekers back to Serbia

Hungary is stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to ridding itself of the asylum seekers, according to Lázár’s statements.

The minister sad an already existing bilateral agreement with Serbia allows Hungary to send back only 80 asylum seekers per day. This minor detail may be the reason why the government was forced to abandon its plan for so-called “transit zones” along the border with Serbia.

As it were, the Hungarian government would have built camps that would have been open to the Serbian side but sealed on the Hungarian side. The government had hoped that its expedited asylum request process would have allowed it to send rejected people straight back to Serbia once the process concluded. However, the number of asylum seekers arriving in Hungary greatly exceeds 80 per day and the camps would have simply become overcrowded and unmanageable.