So last week I wrote about how the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is one of the few sane leaders in the EU, because he’s actually willing to point out the obvious reality about the African migrant situation and its potential impact on the future of Europe. He quite rightly pointed out that letting in limitless numbers of uneducated, unskilled, African migrants would eventually put such a strain on European services, that it would just simply drag Europe down to African living standards. He would much rather use his country’s resources to help his own people, rather than helping people he has absolutely no legal or moral obligation to.
This kind of policy apparently has no place in the EU. You see, their entire strategy to get people to accept limitless numbers of migrants, is to use shaming tactics. Someone like Orban could say “No, we’re not taking in anymore migrants because of the negative impact they’ll have on our society. For examples of how they’ll negatively impact our society, here’s a list of logical, irrefutable reasons”. The EU’s response is essentially “You just hate them because you’re narrow minded racists who don’t like the colour of their skin”.
Migrants aren’t welcome in Hungary. The government made that pretty clear with deeply leading questions in a national consultation. Sent out to 8 million citizens aged 18 or older, the survey compares Syrians fleeing civil war to “economic migrants.” The survey also asks Hungarians whether they think that refugees should be deported, locked up or sentenced to forced labor during their stay in Hungary. That’s just one recent example of the right-wing government’s attitude toward migrants.
How dare a government actually ask the people of the country how they feel about letting migrants in? What do they think this is, a democracy? Now, assuming they really did provide leading questions like that with no “let them stay” answer, I’m willing to concede that that is wrong. Citizens should be allowed access to all potential choices on how to deal with the situation. I don’t really see a problem with forced labour as a choice though. I’m not saying they should be subjected to back breaking slave labour, but getting them to actually earn their keep by providing some service to the country makes sense to me, rather than just containing them somewhere doing nothing. Not only will it keep them busy so they won’t get bored and potentially turn to crime, but it will also give them an opportunity to demonstrate their value to Hungarian society.
If these really are desperate people and not just economic migrants coming to leech off of Europe, then surely doing a bit of work wouldn’t be a big deal and they’d simply be grateful to escape from whatever danger they fled from…right? Of course, as I’ve already discussed time and time again, we know that the majority of these people ARE economic migrants who aren’t even from the warzones they’re supposedly fleeing from, so I’m sure they aren’t so desperate.
Now, the Council of Europe has published a report that strongly criticizes widespread racism in Hungary. The authors, from the Council’s European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), emphasize that not only is the radical nationalist Jobbik, the third-largest party in Hungary’s parliament, to blame for the country’s xenophobic atmosphere – the entire political spectrum shares in the guilt.
Jobbik is the third largest party because people vote for them. They aren’t causing racism in Hungary, their success is a result of the existent racist views held by Hungarian society.
The ECRI report praises recent Hungarian initiatives like the introduction of a hate crime unit for police and a new network for consultants to assist Hungary’s Equal Treatment Authority, which pursues cases of discrimination and racism. However, the report’s authors have found, none of this makes up for the hatred and vitriol that Jews, homosexuals, Roma, migrants and other groups encounter.
I think it’s interesting that it points out that all these groups receive a lot of hatred, but it doesn’t make any effort to find out WHY they’re hated. For example, I can easily answer why the Gypsies (I don’t use the term Roma because it makes people think of Romanians who don’t deserve to be lumped in with the gypsies) are so hated. It’s because they do nothing but commit crimes and refuse to contribute anything to society. They never have anywhere they’ve gone and I’ve never heard anyone from Eastern Europe (who have dealt with them for centuries) say anything good about them. The point is, people hate, either because of a genuine reason, or because of a misconception. If there is a genuine reason, why shouldn’t they feel hatred? Are they not entitled to feel anger in those situations? In the case of misconception, then they simply need to be educated with the correct information that refutes the misconceptions.
The Hungarian government rejects the report as “incorrect” in several respects, alleging that it used “false and outdated information,” especially concerning the situation of migrants.
Rights workers in Hungary say, however, that the government’s response is what’s incorrect. Marta Pardavi is the co-director of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, an NGO that fights for refugees and human rights. She says that the ECRI report is based on extensive and factual documentation – and is even too positive, because it only describes the situation up to and including 2014. Since then, Pardavi says, things have gotten worse.
I’m sure they have gotten worse since then because the number of economic migrants has increased since then. This is called cause and effect.
“The report praises policies for integrating immigrants,” Pardavi told DW. “Meanwhile, refugees are presented as dangerous and problematic in Hungary and immigration as harmful and bad.”
Might have something to do with the fact that they are harmful and bad. Sweden’s rape statistics, plummeting living standards, gang warfare, and no-go zones as a result of mass immigration prove this. I see no reason why the same couldn’t happen elsewhere in Europe.
‘A domestic spectacle’
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, of the right-wing Fidesz party, doesn’t want more immigrants in Hungary. He has called a plan to distribute applicants for asylum among EU member states “absurd, bordering on insanity.”
He’s correct. There’s literally no sane reason to go through with this. All I’ve heard so far is a bunch of emotional nonsense that rejects logic and sanity altogether.
In connection with the national consultation on immigration, the government has erected signs that tell refugees to respect Hungarian culture, follow the laws and not take jobs away from nationals.
Such a hate crime. How dare Hungary actually asks immigrants to respect their way of life?
“Of course the European Union can’t do anything about the domestic campaigns of member nations’ heads of state,” Rudolf Ungvary, a writer who frequently criticizes Hungary’s government, told DW. “It’s a domestic spectacle. But the way he fights against EU refugee policy is very provocative.”
Preventing a multicultural society
In early June, Prime Minister Orban told the daily newspaper “Napi Gazdasag” that he wanted to protect the Hungarian people from “dying out.” He said he opposed a multicultural society brought about by immigration: “We will do everything to save Hungary from that fate.”
And what’s wrong with that? We always try to promote the rights of native groups to have their own land, culture and way of life. What’s wrong with Hungary doing the sa…
The country has received about 50,000 asylum requests for 2015 so far, according to the Associated Press news agency. Roughly 43,000 asylum requests were registered for all of 2014. There are about 9.9 million people living in Hungary.
Key words, “so far”. We know they’re just going to keep on coming. As I mentioned before, Africa has a population of over a billion people (projected to quadruple by 2100). The vast majority of them would love to come to Europe. How many of them can we look after before Europe collapses from the strain?
To stop people from coming into the country illegally, Fidesz officials said they were planning on tightening Hungary’s border with Serbia. While there was no talk of a fence or similar enforcements, Fidesz Vice Chairman Lajos Kosa said that migrants “simply will not be allowed in.”
How democratic is Fidesz?
Antal Rogan, head of the Fidesz parliamentary group, said Hungary would like to go back to arresting everyone who entered illegally. According to the ECRI, about 22 percent of applicants for asylum are already “deprived of their liberty.”
Arresting people for committing a crime (entering illegally is a crime).
My thoughts on how they’re being deprived of their liberty?
Can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.
The writer Ungvary does not believe that the report will change anything about Hungary’s political situation. He said that only “naive liberals” would believe that EU statements like this had any effect on the Orban government.
Ungvary added that the measures that ECRI praised in the report were democratic only on the surface: “The government is merely using them as window dressing,” he said.
Now look, if Hungary is actually preventing genuine refugees from dangerous parts of the world, from coming in, then fair enough, that’s a problem. They shouldn’t be doing that. as it stands though, I only see them rejecting obvious economic migrants from coming in and parasiting off their country. I see no problem with that.
Hopefully Hungary stands strong as an example to the rest of us and doesn’t let the EUs insults wear them down.