Hungary’s controversial Prime Minister has said refugees arriving in Europe are ‘Muslim invaders’ who have created ‘parallel societies that will never unite’.
Viktor Orban insisted his country had not taken in migrants because Hungarians were not in favour of opening their borders.
The hard-line leader oversaw the construction of an electronic fence along Hungary’s border as a refugee crisis hit Europe in 2015 while the country’s treatment of migrants has been slammed by the UN and human rights groups.
Asked about the country’s reluctance to accept refugees like other European nations, Orban told the German newspaper Bild: ‘I can only speak for the Hungarian people, and they don’t want any migration.’
He claimed that most refugees were not fleeing to Europe to escape danger, but rather were ‘economic migrants in search of a better life.
The 54-year-old then said Hungary regarded them instead as ‘Muslim invaders’ and insisted that this will lead to the appearance of ‘parallel societies. Christian and Muslim communities would ‘never unite’, he added.
Orban has faced a wave of criticism over his controversial stance and once described immigration as a ‘poison’ and the ‘Trojan Horse of terrorism’.
Orban and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki lead conservative governments under fire from Brussels over their refusal to take in migrants under a quota system and over their efforts to tighten state control of their courts and media.