Hungary has led the table of coutries that have recieved more Refugees in Europe, despite its poor economic status.
However, Viktor Orban, the hardline prime minister of Hungary declared today that The migration crisis is a “German problem”, as he attacked EU asylum quotas as an “invitation” and insisted he was protecting Europe’s Christian heritage from Muslims.
“The problem is not a European problem, the problem is a German problem,” said Orban.
“Nobody wants to stay in Hungary, neither in Slovakia, nor Poland, nor Estonia. All want to go to Germany. Our job is just to register them.”
Orban was speaking as hundreds of refugees and migrants stormed a train at Budapest’s reopened main international railway station, which has become a bottleneck for people trying to head to western Europe via Hungary.
Orban, appearing with European Parliament president Martin Schulz, said he would impose a new package of measures by September 15 to cope with the crisis.
He was speaking after claiming in a German newspaper that Europe faces “explosive” consequences of an influx of Muslims.
“Everything which is now taking place before our eyes threatens to have explosive consequences for the whole of Europe,” Orban wrote in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Europe’s response is madness. We must acknowledge that the European Union’s misguided immigration policy is responsible for this situation.
“Those arriving have been raised in another religion, and represent a radically different culture. Most of them are not Christians, but Muslims,” he said. “This is an important question, because Europe and European identity is rooted in Christianity. Is it not worrying in itself that European Christianity is now barely able to keep Europe Christian? There is no alternative, and we have no option but to defend our borders.”
“Irresponsibility is the mark of every European politician who holds out the promise of a better life to immigrants and encourages them to leave everything behind and risk their lives in setting out for Europe. If Europe does not return to the path of common sense, it will find itself laid low in a battle for its fate.”
Orban said the EU should tell people “not to come” and said that the EU redistribution quotas were an “invitation”.
“We Hungarians are full of fear, people in Europe are full of fear because they see that the European leaders, among them the prime ministers, are not able to control the situation,” Orban during the press conference.
Orban – under pressure from the far-right Jobbik party at home – is refusing to accept an EU plan for compulsory quotas for asylum seekers and building a razor wire fence along the border with Serbia in a bid to halt the influx. The fence has been criticised by the EU, but Orban said he was obliged to control the border.
“Please, don’t criticise Hungary for doing what is compulsory to be done. Just let Hungary do the job, as it is written in the European regulations.”
“I came here to inform the president that Hungary did everything possible in order to keep the regulations. We create just now in the Hungarian parliament a new package of regulations, we set up a physical barrier and all these together can provide a new situation in Hungary and in Europe from 15 September. Now we have one week of preparation time.”
Mr Schulz said Hungary would be “better off if we used a European approach, rather than a national approach.” He said the migration crisis “is not a problem” if incomers were widely distributed throughout the continent.
“The European idea is of solidarity; what we see at the moment is egoism and to my mind, this is a real threat to the EU,” said Schulz.
There was chaos at Keleti station in Budapest on Thursday morning after the police abandoned a two-day blockade of the terminal, allowing migrants camped out in the subterranean concourse outside to rush inside in the hope of catching a train to Germany or other parts of Western Europe.
Believing a train was heading for Munich, hundreds of people pushed and shoved their way onto a train as the few remaining police officers in the station area stood by.
Platform 8 of the station became the scene of dangerous overcrowding and screams could be heard as confusion reigned amongst migrants as to where the train was heading, despite the signs on the carriage doors saying it was a service only as far as Sopron, a town in Hungary close to the border with Austria.
Scuffles broke out inside the train and families with small children were among those trying to squeeze their way inside and escape the de facto refugee which had formed outside Keleti, where around 2,000 people have slept on the floor over recent nights.
The information board in the station put up a notice saying that al international services to Western Europe had been cancelled for safety reasons. Loudspeaker announcements asked people to get off the train for Sopron due to overcrowding. Eventually, after the train’s scheduled departure at 10.10 passed, many migrants gave up as they realised they would not be able to cross the border and leave Hungary.
No station staff were present on the platform or at the entrances to the station. A queue built up at customer services, where station staff explained to backpackers why they could not take direct trains towards Vienna or other European destinations today. A station official said that the border with Slovakia was closed and that trains heading towards Germany would all be stopping before the border, meaning onward passengers would have to change.
Hundreds of migrants remain inside Keleti station.