Government links migration to sexual harassment

July 25, 2016

“Did you know that since the start of the migration crisis, the number of women being harassed in Europe has sharply risen?”
“Did you know? Since the start of the migration crisis the number of women harassed in Europe has risen sharply.”

The Hungarian government’s campaign ahead of the migrant resettlement quota referendum on October 2 is in full swing. This time it was the turn of Katalin Novák, state secretary for family and youth affairs, to hold a press conference resonating the slogans of government billboards across Hungary.  She spoke on how illegal migration is affecting European women.

Novák claimed that since the start of the migration crisis, the number of women being harassed in Europe has sharply risen.

“Hungarian women and children cannot be subjected to this danger. We must put an end to illegal migration,” she said.

The state secretary mentioned cases of mass sexual harassment in Germany – Cologne, Stuttgart and Hamburg – committed mostly by refugees. She quoted the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) who acknowledged that “there is a connection between attacks of sexual nature and illegal immigration”.

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Katalin Novák, state secretary for family and youth affairs. Photo: kormany.hu

Returning to the campaign, the politician urged everybody to vote in the referendum.

When asked by reporters how many women have been harassed sexually by asylum seekers since the start of the migration crisis in Hungary, Novák said such cases are “not typical” of Hungary, which is precisely why the government has stepped up against illegal migration.

Tellingly, she did not comment on Hungary’s alarmingly high level of spousal abuse.

Violence against women is not the only message of the governmental campaign against migration. Other posters warn “the Paris terrorist attacks were committed by immigrants” and that “nearly one million migrants want to come to Europe from Libya”.