23 September 2016

Hungary Will Vote "NO" To More Muslim Immigrants

Hungary Rejects Migrants
Members of the European Union (EU) are pushing back against the resolution that compel them to take on more refugees. After the right-wing populist AfD just gained fresh support with their enormous win in the Berlin state election, Hungary is the next brave nation to address the growing migrant Muslim menace.

Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister, is ensure that his people understand that they have the right to reject an unlawful order from EU. Billboards across the country proclaim that Brussels plans to relocate a city’s worth of potential terrorists to Hungary.

Ministers and lawmakers from the ruling right-wing Fidesz party are calling on supporters to go to the polls on 2 October to make sure Orbán gets the answer he wants to the following referendum question: "Do you want the European Union to be able to order the mandatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary without Parliament’s consent?"

The latest opinion polls suggest at least two-thirds of the electorate will vote "NO." That probable outcome will be in part because Hungary, like its neighbors in the former Soviet bloc, has almost no experience with immigration.

The country remains overwhelmingly white and Christian. But people will also be voting "NO" in reaction to recent events. A year ago, Hungary was the epicenter of Europe’s refugee crisis. Keleti train station in Budapest became a giant open-air refugee camp as thousands of asylum seekers poured into the country across the southern border and stayed in the capital before eventually heading west to Germany.

In response, Orbán’s government built fences on its southern borders with Serbia and Croatia. "If we let the Muslims onto the continent to compete with us, they will outnumber us," Orbán said last year. "It’s mathematics. And we don’t like it." Many Hungarians agreed with him.

Now, as he rallies the country for a "NO" vote in October, Orbán is also pushing back against another perceived threat to Hungary's identity: the European Union. Under the terms of the European Council’s Emergency Response Mechanism, adopted last September, member states agreed to relocate 160,000 people under a quota system (those asylum seekers are currently living mainly in Greece and Italy).

Hungary was penciled in to take 1,294 refugees, but, along with Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Romania, it was hostile to the quota system from the start and voted against it. So far, Hungary has accepted no refugees under the plan. Instead, it has joined with Slovakia in challenging the plan in the European Court of Justice.