Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán criticised the European Parliament for allegedly implementing the “Soros Plan” which is intended to bring in a mass exodus of third- world immigrants to Europe.
The Soros Plan refers to an article that was written by the Hungarian- born, American billionaire George Soros in 2015.
In the article titled “Rebuilding the Asylum”, Soros stated that the European Union has to accept “at least a million asylum seekers annually for the foreseeable future and share the burden equally.”
András Aradszki, a government minister of Hungary has labelled the Soros Plan as “Satanic”; an attack on faith, Europe and traditional family values.
The root of contention stems from the move initiated by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) last November 17 to adopt an amendment on the Dublin Agreement.
The amendment would have an effect on the EU’s Common Asylum System and would require all members of the organization to accept all asylum seekers despite the dissenting voice of the nation. Members of the EU that refuse to comply would be denied their funding.
Prime Minister Orbán shared his view in a press conference that the decision of the EU is in effect an intrusion in the sovereignty of Hungary:
“The musket is not only primed but loaded in Europe. In the future, a permanent and mandatory migrant relocation quota mechanism will be established with no upper limit on numbers.
It is true that we are waist- deep in the struggle to protect this slice of our national sovereignty, but so far we have succeeded because until now we have been the ones who decides who can live on Hungarian territory.
But the attack on our sovereignty that the European Parliament has now launched is fiercer than any previous one.”
The amendment included the following proposals:
- Abolition of the rule that the first country of safe arrival is responsible for asylum seekers who arrive in their borders;
- Migrants would have the freedom to choose which among the four countries with the lowest number of asylum seekers would be the preferred destination;
- Greater effort to speed up family reunification;
- Option for asylum seekers to register as a group of up to 30 upon arrival in Europe.
The proposals were favourably received with a vote of 43 – 16 from Members of the European Parliament (MEP).
However, the Council of the EU has yet to formally approve the amendment. The plenary will be asked to confirm its decision with finality during the group’s session scheduled in November at Strasbourg.