Hungary’s foreign minister vetoes EU development plan, because “immigration is a bad thing”

May 10, 2017

Ministers of foreign trade from European Union member states will meet in Brussels Thursday in preparation for the adoption of a new development strategy, which includes strategies for immigration policy as it relates to the bloc’s economic development. Included in the plan is a document titled “European Consensus on Development” which outlines a strategy of “well-managed migration and mobility” to stimulate economic growth within the 28-nation bloc. The document proposes that such managed migration “can positively influence growth and sustainable development, and this positive contribution must be made compulsory.”

Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó vetoed the plan on Wednesday, saying “it is unacceptable to the Hungarian government that the European Union would adopt such a development strategy which considers immigration a positive thing.” Szijjártó noted that “there is great indignation now” in the EU after his veto.

According to Szijjártó, numerous member states have requested that Hungary withdraw its veto, but he said Hungary stands by its decision and “immigration is a bad thing.”

The following are brief selections from the “Consensus on Development” document which Szijjártó rejected, according to Hungarian state news wire MTI:

  • “Well-managed migration and mobility can positively influence growth and sustainable development, and this positive contribution must be made compulsory.”
  • “Regular migration and mobility can be beneficial because of the skills and knowledge of migrants.”
  • “Through a strengthened cooperation the EU and its member states must assist in the safe and responsible migration and mobilization of people.”
  • “We must implement a better coordinated and more comprehensive strategy to maximize synergies which arise from migration.”