In an interview with German newspaper Bild, Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban called the migrant crisis an invasion.
“We do not consider these people to be Muslim refugees, we regard them as Muslim invaders.”
“One has to cross four countries to arrive from Syria in Hungary”, Orban said.
“Those people do not run for their lives but seek a better life. The refugees should have requested admission in advance, but instead they had breached the border illegally.”
As Deutsche Welle reports, according to Orban what Europe has seen was not a wave of refugees, but an invasion. He mentioned that he never understood how in a country like Germany the chaos and the illegal crossing of borders could be celebrated as something good.
When asked by Bild whether it was fair for Germany to accept hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants while Hungary accepted none, Orban responded:
“The difference is, you wanted the migrants, and we didn’t.”
Migration, he said, threatens the “sovereignty and cultural identity” of Hungary.
The Hungarian prime minister rejected the idea that his country should accept people from Muslim-majority countries.
“We believe that a large number of Muslims inevitably leads to parallel societies, because Christian and Muslim society will never unite,” he said.
“Multiculturalism is only an illusion.”
Orban added that Germany’s SPD leader Martin Schulz should have more respect for his country.
Schulz earlier criticised Orban’s visit to a CSU party conference in Germany. Schulz said that Orban’s refugee policy can be considered as “dangerous”.