“Islamization” has to be banned in Hungary because the constitution says so, stated the Hungarian prime minister — who, ironically, also claimed previously that anti-Semitism will not be tolerated in the country — during an event commemorating the fifth anniversary of Hungary’s Basic Law.
Viktor Orban, speaking in the parliament on April 25, said the Hungarian government could not support any mass migration movement that could result in a conflict with the principles defined in its constitution, known as the Basic Law.
The prime minister was referring to the National Avowal, the Basic Law’s preamble, which emphasizes Hungary’s commitment “to promoting and safeguarding our heritage, our unique language, Hungarian culture” and the preservation of the “living conditions of future generations.”
The 5-year-old law puts Hungary in a more secure standing than other European Union countries with respect to migration and cultural change as the act's chief concern is to safeguard the country’s norms and values. This also includes opposing migration from Muslim countries.
“To be clear and unequivocal, I can say that Islamization is constitutionally banned in Hungary,” said Orban during the event. “We have the right to choose whom we want and don't want to live with.”
Orban has made it clear in the past that he wants Hungary free from migrants. Thinking along the lines of his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the Hungarian PM built razor-wire fences along the nation’s borders shared by Croatia and Serbia in 2015, which redirected the flow of migrants to Slovenia.
Before the fencing was installed, an influx of 400,000 migrants traveled through the country to other European nations. Migrants who manage to find their way inside Hungary are detained. In just the first half of March, Hungary arrested over 1,400 migrants and has come under fire for violating human rights.
To prevent refugees from making their way deeper into the EU, Austria has also recently announced border controls with Hungary. It is not yet stated how long the controls will remain in effect.
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