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Hungarian PM says migration crisis in Europe rooted in EU short-sighted policy

September 21, 2015, 16:58 UTC+3 VIENNA

According to Viktor Orban, Hungary must protect the borders, both its own and those of the European Union

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VIENNA, September 21. /TASS/. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has warned about the dangers of the current migrant crisis for entire Europe. 

He said Hungary must protect the borders, both its own and those of the European Union. In his words, it is high time to admit that the European Union’s short-sighted policy has told on its citizens.

He said at danger are not just European borders but the very lifestyle patters based on respect to the law, and not only Hungary but entire Europe is at danger. He said that until Europe elaborates a common plan of action everyone should be ready to defend themselves.

Heads of state from the 28 European Union member countries will meet on September 23 in Brussels in a bid to find a solution to the migrant problem.

The aggravation of conflicts in a number of Middle East and African countries in 2015 drove thousands of people to flee their homes to seek shelter in Europe. Since the beginning of the current year, more than 378,000 illegal migrants have arrived in Europe. About 2,800 migrants died while trying to get to Europe. As many as 121,000 refugees have arrived in Italy and about 309,400 - in Greece. Up to 5,000 migrants a day are getting into the European Union via Macedonia and Serbia. They are amassing at the borders of Austria, Hungary and Germany. The latter, which has already received about 400,000 refugees, was the first among the Schengen zone states to impose passport control at the border.

The European Commission has suggested quotas for 160,000 migrants be imposed on each European Union member states. Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the Baltic countries are against such quotas. Experts say the migrant flow to the European Union might exceed one million by the end of the year.

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