The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban continues to assert his country’s independence and defend its stance on the Muslim migrant crisis in Europe. He views the situation as an invasion, and points out that the migration is not a group of people running for their lives; there are four other European countries that the so-called refugees must pass through in order to reach Hungary from Syria. The major migration route crosses Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, and Serbia. These comments have not made him popular with liberals.
Orban also stated that ‘multiculturalism’ is “only an illusion,” adding that Christian and Muslim communities never really unite but instead create parallel societies. This is still quite an optimistic point of view, as Sharia law spreads and “no-go areas” are created with the hope of taking over local government and eventually creating the unified caliphate. Parallel societies are viewed by many Muslims as a temporary intermediate stage before taking control of a country’s government. Islam is a political ideology, that is incompatible with liberal democracy, as well as being a religion.
Orban has stated previously that he views the issue of migration as a democracy problem. For him, the will of his people is unambiguous – they want borders and safety; he finds that European leaders have disregarded the will of their people. In the video below, Orban states, “I have told our Bavarian friends that 2018 will be the year in which the will of the people will be restored.”
He goes on to say that decisions will be made in order to restore that will in relation to immigration, so as to serve the people’s interests. He believes that the laws must always be followed and that Hungary understood this when it built a fence to control its borders. For Orban, Europe remains in illegality and chaos; his country’s southern border is shared with Bavaria and is, therefore, helping to protect them as well.
Orban has warned the EU leaders that voters will continue to elect populist parties to power. In a recent interview, the Fidesz party leader stated, “Those who argue for a ‘mixed population’ and ‘abolish societies based on national and Christian foundations’ to live in multicultural societies are losing more and more ground in national elections.”
Hungary’s moves have been labeled “illiberal,” and the Hungarian parliament has passed laws that limit institutions such as the Central European University in Budapest, that was founded by George Soros to promote liberal democracy in post-communist Eastern Europe. This has been condemned as being anti-Semitic by those who wish to have uncontrolled immigration.
Soros has been accused by Israeli’s foreign ministry of working to “continuously undermine Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.”
While Orban views himself as a defender of “Christian values,” and democracy, which is being threatened by globalization through mass immigration and economic policies of international business leaders.
Orban and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki are both concerned with the migration quotas imposed by the EU on its member countries, rejecting the approach as an infringement on sovereignty. Orban’s insistence that these are not wartime refugees or even economic migrants is an argument that must be considered in terms of acculturation and political freedom of the sovereign state of Hungary.
Neither Poland nor Hungary wishes to find themselves in the same situation as Germany, as the people continue to see their individual rights and customs sacrificed in the name of multiculturalism.
The Trump administration has reduced the number of refugees entering the United States by as much as 70% in its first year.The border state of Texas has also regained their rights to police the borders and remove old directives that made doing their job more difficult.
As the impact of unmitigated immigration continues to be felt by the member states of the European Union, these conservative arguments for sovereignty and the rule of law will continue to be voiced by the people’s elected politicians.