Interview: Orban, Calais, and Europe

[Originally published at: http://magyarhirlap.hu/cikk/32538/Viktor_Orban_Is_a_Good_Neigbour]

Vice-Chair of the EP’s Europe of Nations and Freedom group, Janice Atkinson urges the French army to help in Calais, doesn’t want economic migrants and supports stricter border control. The politician – previously an mep of UKIP – says the Hungarian PM is a good neighbour, because he protects his border even though Hungary is only a transit country for migrants.

The situation at the French end of the channel, leading to the British welfare state, is unbearable. What immediate answer do you suggest?

Offer the French troops and police to round up the migrants as they are entitled to do under various treaties, such as Dublin. If the authorities believe the migrants will abscond they have the powers to do so. This will relieve pressures on the lorry drivers, the gendarmerie, the ferries and Eurotunnel. Offer assistance to build temporary buildings to process the migrants’ applications – economic or asylum seekers and encourage the French to use their own prisons. The migrants will only be free to leave once they are processed. If not, they are put on planes back to whence they came. Additionally, the cost of this should be shared between all EU countries as they have contributed to this situation by continuing to allow Shengen and free movement of people and not shoring up their own external borders. We should also work with the French to repatriate the migrants to the countries they first landed in – Malta, Italy and Greece. These countries are turning a blind eye by allowing the migrants to freely move in their country to France and the UK.

What long-term measures should be taken to solve the problem of mass immigration?

Close all EU borders. Each country would take back control of its own borders and immigration policies. As the EU is implacably opposed to this Britain has only one choice and that is to leave the EU. Build visa processing centres in north Africa and patrol the Mediterranean with gunships to deter human traffickers. Make the crimes of human traffickers very severe. A strong education message delivered to north African countries to say that they are not welcome, we do not want them, we have no room and we will choose our migrants according to the skills we need. We will not take chancers no economic migrants. Britain is a kind and caring country that has taken in refugees and asylum seekers. As we are overwhelmed with the current crisis and uncontrolled immigration from eastern European migrants, Britain has sadly become a loss tolerant place. If we restricted who we can admit – and that does not mean the current barriers put up to our Commonwealth countries – then our people will be more open minded and open hearted.

How does migration from EU and non-EU countries affect Britain?

We cannot cope. Our education system, our housing, our roads, hospitals and GP services cannot cope. Hospital and doctor waiting times have increased. Immigrants automatically go to hospital A&E with minor ailments which has caused a crisis in A&E departments. This is partly a language problem but it is also because they cannot get onto a list to see a GP. Added to that they have not contributed enough in tax to train and provide more hospital and GP services. Most migrants are paid the minimum wage which means that the UK taxpayer tops up their wages by 2/3rds, they are not net contributors and are costing our economy dear. We desperately need housing yet we are a small island. How can we accommodate the 4 million people that settle here in the last 10 years and house our own people when our housing is costly and we have limited space? Integration is a problem. If migrants do not speak English or have different cultures and religions they tend to congregate together and do not mix. This leads to mis-trust on both sides. Some schools in England, particularly our cities, are almost exclusively migrant. This is not good for society or the migrants.

So should people vote for Brexit at the referendum?

Brexit would enable us to negotiate our own Free Trade Agreements instead of being tied to 28 member states with their own needs and interests and one EU commissioner who is not acting in the UK’s interest. We are a proud, enterprising and trading nation that goes back centuries. We need to return to that. We will trade with the EU, that is set out in various treaties and they cannot punish us for leaving. We can take back control of our fishing industry that has been decimated by the CFP. We can manage, fish and control our own seas without EU interference that has shown their policies have actually harmed stock levels. We can control our own borders. We can welcome the brightest and best from around the world, from China and India, wherever, to benefit our economy and society. We will create more jobs with the red tape and bureaucracy from Brussels swept aside. There is so much to look forward to, our sovereignty restored and our Parliament once again the lawmakers and not the European Court of Human Rights, unelected commissioners or their Ministry of Justice.

Hungary received many criticism for its policies regarding migration. How do you see them?

Orban is either described as ‘populist’ or conservative centre right, depending on the journalists’ view. He is castigated in the European Parliament for shoring up his own borders – isn’t this what we want states to do? He builds a fence, yet the migrants do not wish to settle in his country. They are just passing through to Germany, the UK, Sweden, etc. Isn’t he just being a good neighbour and showing solidarity? He is also using prisoners’ time well by manufacturing the fences by prisoners. I wish our government would use our prisoners in the same way. Other EU countries with external borders should be emulating him.

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