“The Government’s standpoint is clear: Preserving Hungary’s demographic unity is a prerequisite for long-term survival”, János Lázár declared in Hódmezővásárhely.

The Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office was speaking at a discussion with Széchenyi Award-winning academic Miklós Maróth organised by the Hódmezővásárhely group of the Christian Intellectuals Association, and explained: “It is historical experience that if the demographic balance within the Carpathian Basin changes then that can only happen to the detriment of the Hungarians”.

Summarising his experiences so far of the nationwide campaign to promote the upcoming referendum on the compulsory relocation quota, the politician said: “The people can sense the danger of how difficult it would be to integrate the two cultures”.

According to the Minister he cannot understand the fact that Western Europe “has given up its defence mechanism”. “The migration crisis has now attained a state of relative calm because Hungary and a few other states have closed their borders and built fences”, he added.

Mr. Lázár stressed that while Greece has suffered no sanctions as a result of not complying with the Schengen Treaty, Hungary, which is protecting the European Union’s borders by constructing a border security fence manned daily by 8 thousand police and military personnel, is receiving continuous threats and suffering continuous blackmail.

According to Mr. Maróth, the relationship between Islam and Christianity is asymmetric: If we go there we must accept their rules, but if they come here then it is again we who must adapt.

The former President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences told the press that a huge demographic explosion has taken place in the Middle East in recent decades and the population has increased nine fold. People are setting out for Europe because they can’t make a living.

According to Professor Maróth, war is ravaging the region, but the conflict was caused by external forces. Millions are fleeing Syria to the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, where they find themselves in camps that are run by international aid organisations, but this aid has dried up and this is partly why people have set out for Western Europe.

“Only a very small proportion of people who arrive [in Europe] are actually fleeing war, and this is why those who are simply trying to be the beneficiaries of the tragedies of others must be filtered out”, Mr. Maróth said, stressing that this isn’t a question of mercy; we must decide whether to be fools who let themselves be exploited or not.