“Absurd” that Europe Should be Forced to Take in All Comers, Says Hungarian Parliament Speaker

It is “absurd” to demand that Europe should automatically take in every person seeking a higher standard of living just because some countries have lower living standards, the speaker of the Hungarian parliament László Kövér said at a conference on migration in Balatonszárszó, western Hungary this past week.

According to a report in the Daily News Hungary, Kövér said his country has and will continue to take in anyone genuinely facing persecution, “but both the Hungarian government and the Hungarian people reject the idea of granting automatic entry to people.”

Kövér was speaking during a roundtable discussion that also involved Gergely Gulyás, head of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office, and István Bogárdi Szabó, head of the Hungarian Reformed Church’s synod, at the Gathering of Reformed People.

“This approach does not contradict Christian morals,” Kövér added. “The international community, Europe and the European Union have a responsibility in how they manage and resolve the problems fuelling mass migration in other parts of the world,” he said, adding that “these issues should be debated at international forums rather than at a national level.”





International forums “shouldn’t be busy with” forcing nation states to accept mass migration, but rather with organising international operations and schemes allowing the improvement of living standards in countries that millions are fleeing, he said.

Gulyás said every state’s primary responsibility was for its own citizens. “Others should be helped without endangering our own society,” he said. “Instead of bringing trouble over here, help should be provided at the point where it is needed,” he added.

On the topic of the emigration of Hungarians, Gulyás said the phenomenon Hungary was dealing with was more about the free movement of labour. When Hungary voted in favor of joining the EU, it knew that doing so would allow each and every Hungarian to take up work in any country within the bloc, he said.

But Gulyás added that “proportionally Hungary is still in good shape because this is the country from where the fewest people have left for western Europe.” However, the government’s goal is to close the gap in living standards to the West, so that Hungarians working there will consider returning, he said.


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7 Comments

  1. Can’t fault his words but, as we all know, these fake refugees will lie through their back teeth, and have done so since Merkel said “Come on in!”.

    The other hard fact is that none of them will voluntarily go home even if their country changed. Why should hard-pressed tax-payers in any country accept the overseas aid programmes without seeing what it is actually spent on?

    IMHO this is a typical idea being said ‘after the horse has bolted’.

  2. “This approach does not contradict Christian morals,”

    It makes no difference if migration policies go against “Christian morals” or not. Most politicians use the excuse that they have a “moral duty” to accept hordes of opportunity-seeking immigrants into their countries as a way to subvert existing law that would otherwise prohibit their entry. I’ve heard politicians play the “We have a moral duty” card over and over again.

    Morals belong to faith and religions, and have no place in matters of state. Why? Because morals are relative and vary as widely as the different people who hold them. Whose morals shall we enforce today? Tomorrow? Thirty or more years ago, during debates about abortion or gay rights, the Left was famous for constantly saying, “You can’t legislate morality” to drive their agenda. Today, all they can say is “we have a moral duty” to accept millions of immigrants, restrict gun rights, and so on. Whenever anyone reverts to a moral argument, it’s because they don’t have a legal one. They KNOW the law isn’t on their side, so they have to appeal to emotion.

    Separation of church and state is essential. The truth is that NO politician has a “moral duty” to do anything. What they have is a LEGAL OBLIGATION to execute their office in accordance with the highest law of their land and in the will and interests of their people, as expressed by those people—and nothing more.

    1. Excellent comment Andover 8. While I agree that the state is amoral, morality does have a role in politics just as much as in religion. So while policy making should be based on morality once those policies have been passed into laws the duty of officers of the state is to implement those laws irrespective of whether they believe them to be moral or not. The problem with asylum is that the laws that govern it are ambiguous in that they depend on the judgment of politicians and officials which is influenced by whatever morality they bring to the issue.

  3. “…. Kövér said his country has and will continue to take in anyone genuinely facing persecution, …”
    .
    Even this is dangerous. All it needs is (((Americans))) to start wars to generate huge numbers of genuine refugees.

  4. No-one is demanding that ‘Europe should automatically take in every person seeking a higher standard of living just because some countries have lower living standards’ although in practice this seems to be the case. What is being demanded is that anyone resident in a country with a substantially higher murder rate than that in Europe, including murder due to organized crime and terrorism, should be allowed to claim asylum anywhere in Europe. Similarly it is demanded that we provide asylum for any citizen of a country that has a ‘repressive regime’.

    It is naive to believe that ‘international operations and schemes allowing the improvement of living standards in countries that millions are fleeing’ will reduce the incentive for illegal migration. It is rising incomes in developing countries that have enabled millions from these countries to afford the cost of passage to Europe, so further development of these countries will only bring more people into the income bracket of potential migrants.

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