‘It’s as clear as two and two makes four’: Hungary prime minister says there is an ‘obvious connection’ between terrorism and migration
- Viktor Orban said the link between migration and terrorism is ‘plain as day’
- He added if somebody denies this they ‘harm safety of European citizens’
- Hungary’s PM made comments after meeting of the Visegrad Four Group
Hungary’s prime minister said there is a ‘plain as day’ link between illegal immigration to Europe and terrorist attacks on the continent.
‘It is clear as two and two makes four, it is plain as day, said Viktor Orban, through an interpreter, adding: ‘There is an obvious connection.’
The Prime minister concluded: ‘If somebody denies this connection then, in fact, this person harms the safety of European citizens.’
Mr Orban made the controversial comments to reporters after a meeting of the Visegrad Four Group of central European leaders in Warsaw, Poland.
His remarks come just a week after reports that Hungary has cracked down on the number of migrants passing into the country.
More than 1,400 migrants are now stuck on the Hungarian border, where conditions are rapidly deteriorating.
In one camp alone, nearly 800 increasingly desperate refugees are stranded, with just 30 a day allowed into Hungary to claim asylum in Europe.
In 2015, Mr Orban’s government sealed off its southern borders with razor wire and fences after around 400,000 passed through Hungary.
Tough laws punishing illegal entry and vandalism of the fences were also brought in.
Mr Orban said that if somebody denies his opinions then ‘that person harms the safety of European citizens’, while talking to reporters in Warsaw
Mr Orban’s remarks come just a week after reports that Hungary has cracked down on the number of migrants passing into the country.
This led to around 3,000 convictions in fast-track trials, most resulting in expulsion orders.
Mr Orban has previously said mass immigration by Muslims threatens Europe’s security and its Christian identity.
He has also refused to accept refugees from Syria under an EU quota scheme.
But despite the fence, Hungarian police have caught a growing number of migrants each month.
As a result, new legislation was introduced to return migrants found inside the border to ‘transit zones’ located in no-man’s land between Hungary and Serbia.
In recent months hundreds of people have been forced to wait in filthy conditions in the strip of land between Serbian passport control and the Hungarian fence.
A man holds a sign reading ‘Where is the humanity’ as refugees stand behind a fence at the Hungarian border with Serbia near the town of Horgos.