“Hungary supports all humane issues and action taken in solidarity that concerns assisting those who are truly eligible for asylum”, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister said on Hungarian M1 televisions Sunday evening current affairs programme.

György Bakondi added: “Supporting illegal migration and the opening of borders is not equal to solidarity”. The Chief Security Advisor also noted that according to a UN survey only three out of every ten migrants are eligible for political asylum, the majority are economic immigrants.

In a speech on the future of Germany and the EU in Berlin on Sunday, German Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate for Chancellor Martin Schultz highlighted the fact that Germany pays the most money into the join budget, while the main beneficiaries include Poland and Hungary, two countries that have “refused solidarity with regard to the refugee issue”.

With relation to the comment, Mr. Bakondi pointed out that the German election campaign is in its intensive stage and recalled that in his former role as President of the European Parliament the German politician had strongly criticised Hungary’s migration policy on several occasions and had threatened Hungary not only with financial sanctions, but also with the suspension of the country’s voting rights.

The Chief Security Advisor stressed, however, that Hungary is acting in solidarity with countries that are protecting themselves against illegal mass migration. “We are sending police officers and providing assistance to countries that are the source of migration”, he explained.

Mr. Bakondi also said that pressure from illegal migration is still not receding, and in fact a significant increase is being observed along both the Mediterranean migrating route and from Morocco to Spain.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)