Hungary gets tough on mass immigration, builds border fence
Hungary’s stand irks EU Heavyweights
Common sense is a rare commodity in Brussels (the seat of European Union’s bureaucracy) when it comes to tackling the issue of mass immigration. The number of immigrants entering the European Union by land and sea has risen drastically in 2015. According to the UN, 153,000 migrants have crossed into Europe so far this year, marking a 150 percent spike compared to 2014.
Considering the fact that many illegal immigrants prefer to stay undetected, the actual figures could be much higher.
The European Union’s response to the rising tide of immigrants is conspicuous inaction coupled with threats against individual EU member states who dare to undertake even the slightest of countermeasures. The EU bureaucracy is particularly irked by Hungary’s move to erect a 110 mile fence along its southern border.
Wall Street Journal reports:
Hungarian soldiers have started building a controversial fence along its border with Serbia, in an effort to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union. Work on the fence is being carried out at several locations at once along the 175km (109m) border, with about 900 soldiers helping to construct the four-metre high fence, which the government wants to finish by 31 August.
AFP has footage of crews beginning construction:
Hungary’s recent tough stand on illegal immigration has earned strong rebukes from western European leaders, the EU Bureaucracy, and the mainstream media. The country has started on a collision course with EU heavyweights like France and Germany after unilaterally suspending an EU law in June 2015 mandating that Hungary take back asylum seekers who enter the EU via Hungary but travel on to other preferred destinations within the Union—mainly France and Germany.
Leading German Newspapers including Der Spiegel and Die Zeit ran articles critical of Hungary’s move to close its borders to illegal immigration; they also downplayed Hungary’s exposure to the wave of immigrants and criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s tough approach towards illegal immigrants. In the U.S., PBS called the Hungarian border fence the “Iron Curtain”, alluding to Stalin’s rule, and the cutting-off of Hungary and other eastern European countries from the free world.
Leaders not just in Hungary but all across the EU are coming under increasing pressure from their electorates to act on immigration. The Anti-Islamization protest movement Pagida (abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West”) launched 9 months ago in Dresden and has now spread to other cities of Germany; they regularly draw thousands to the streets. In absence of a credible position against mass-immigration from traditional Christian-Democrats and Conservatives, parties on the far right are making rapid electoral gains.
By not taking the issue of immigration head on, EU leaders are not doing a favour to immigrants. By hushing up an open and honest debate, they carry the blame for rising anti-immigrant sentiment within EU.
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I wonder how you say “go to hell” in Hungarian? I haven’t been there since the early 1970s and have forgotten all the “useful phrases”.
Menj a pokolba.
EU bureaucrats deserve to be irked every second of their evil-worshiping lives……..
OTOH, don’t fence me in…
From Daniel Hanan, MEP,
“The first thing that strikes the visitor is the monstrous scale. The European Parliament building in Brussels is vast, running the length of several blocks. During my first six months as an MEP, I was forever turning up late to meetings because a part of my brain simply could not accept that it might take fifteen minutes to walk somewhere under the same ceiling.
If you ever traveled behind the Iron Curtain, you’ll remember that the Soviets were fond of using space to signify status—possibly because it was one of the few commodities that they had in plentiful supply. In like vein, the European Parliament has dozens of unused protocol rooms and antechambers and broad corridors lined with portraits and empty reception areas and echoing salons.
A similarly grandiose spirit infuses its security procedures, which seem primarily intended to impress and subdue visitors. Getting into the European Parliament involves waiting and handing over your passport and waiting again and having yourself photographed and waiting some more and then getting a nifty little badge.”
“The European Parliament, in short, is the European Union’s objective correlative: the thing that expresses, in physical form, the project’s abstract flaws. Prodigal, labyrinthine, constantly expanding, and wanting any sense of proportion, it is the perfect symbol of the whole Euro-racket.’
“Still, the day must eventually come when the European Union and its institutions are one with Nineveh and Tyre. Perhaps the buildings might be put to more productive use: I’ve always thought that they have the right sort of dimensions to be universities. Perhaps they will be preserved as monuments to the megalomania that seized Europe’s leaders in the second half of the twentieth century. Perhaps— particularly in Brussels, which will soon have a majority Muslim population—they might be turned into madrassas. Or perhaps they will simply be left to crumble, like the statue of Ozymandias.
So, if you get the chance, visit them while you still can. Look upon the European Union’s works. And despair.
From The New Criterion article “The objective correlative of the E.U.: The European Parliament’s gargantuan edifices are the perfect symbols of the larger Euro-racket.”
Sorry MEP, “Daniel Hannan.”
““The first thing that strikes the visitor is the monstrous scale. The European Parliament building in Brussels is vast, running the length of several blocks.”
A lot of space is needed for a bureaucracy that covers virtually every aspect of life, from the allowed curvature of a cucumber, to what viscosity something ceases being a soup and becomes a sauce.
Exactly! And that’s what “The Friends of Humanity” want-bigger than life bureaucracy.
One thing Europe could do is to destroy every small to medium sized boat in North Africa. They could also destroy any place there that builds or sells these boats. They could prohibit European companies from selling boats to the region. No boats, no immigrants. If they stop or rescue a boat full of migrants, take them back to the beach they came from and destroy the boat. Disarm the traffickers and pass a dozen cheap steak knives among the passengers so they can get their money back or else. Change European law so that piracy includes trafficking at sea. There are things they could if they grew a pair.
While nobody can dispute the practicality of your suggestion, it kinda lacks in the legal predicate department.
….Rags….it’s “lawless” out there…..
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You mimic Ukip.
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Stupid Hungarians. Border fences don’t work. Everybody knows that.
And it’s JUST like the IRON CURTAIN.
Errmmm… “Being a Hungarian is a human right…!!!”
And being human is a Hungarian right!
That’s a load of goulash.
Goulash. (Sung to the tone of “Petticoat Junction”.)
Hungary is just across the Danube from our home in Slovakia. I don’t see why the EU is complaining. Hungary is in the Schengen Area and is responsible for keeping OUT of the EU and Schengen Area anyone not allowed in except with a proper EU Visa. We crossed the Hungarian/Croatian border earlier this summer enroute to our Croatian beach house and were stopped and had our documents checked on the HUNGARIAN side but not the non-Schengen Croatian side. EVERY car from a non-Schengen country was being searched by the Hungarian border police upon exit. We expect to have docs checked going home too….it is what Hungary is supposed to do as a responsible member of Schengen.