Orbán Proposes Global Quotas in UN speech

Europe faces “mass migratory movement", PM says

What Europe is facing today is “not a refugee crisis” but a “mass migratory movement composed of economic migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and also foreign fighters”, said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán  in New York, at a United Nations summit on the refugee crisis in Europe. Orbán called for a worldwide quota system and initiated negotiations on sharing the burden on a global level.

The PMO has released the full text of the Prime Minister's speech, which we enclose here.


Dear colleagues,

what prevents us from finding the proper answers is that there is no consensus about the nature of the challenge. This is not a refugee crisis. This is a mass migratory movement composed of economic migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers and also foreign fighters. This is an uncontrolled and unregulated process. Excellencies, There is no consensus even on the dimension of this challenge. Various estimates exist, but according to our understanding there is an unlimited source of supply of people. It is not a theory but a fact: at the Hungarian borders they are coming from Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and most recently from the Sub-Saharan region.

Let me make it absolutely clear: Europe will not be able to carry this burden on her own. If there is no change in the current trends, Europe will be destabilized. Based on these facts, I urge the Secretary General to initiate negotiations on sharing this burden on a global level. All major stakeholders of international politics will have to take some of the migrants to their countries as part of a global quota system.

Excellencies, we have a heartfelt compassion for the people who decided to leave their homes. They are victims of the poor governance of their countries, which took away their human dignity. They are victims of failed international political decisions which led to war-torn regions. They are victims of the failed policy of us in Europe which raises expectations that are impossible to be fulfilled. And they are victims of human trafficking, which has become a robust business, an untold story. It is our moral responsibility to give back these people their homes and their country. It cannot be our objective to provide them with a new European life. We must assist them to regain their own life in their home. To achieve this, we have to create peace and a plan of economic development in their home countries.

Excellencies, I am coming from a Christian country, therefore I would like to emphasize that the Christian approach does not tolerate any anti-Muslim policy. The Muslim faith which we honor and respect is not responsible for the root causes of this mass migratory movement. I invite you all to join our efforts to avoid the spread of anti-Muslim sentiments. Finally I refer back to the Sustainable Development Goals we adopted last week because I could not formulate it more properly: migration must be orderly, safe, regulated and responsible.

Thank you for your kind attention.

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