The Hungarian authorities won’t budge on their anti-mass migration positions, although the European Court decided that the “Stop Soros” regulation is against EU law.
According to a press release issued by the authorities, Hungary will continue to protect its borders from the flux of migrants, who are fleeing their countries in the name of freedom and survival, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Moreover, in the name of preventing Hungary from becoming an immigrant country, the State Secretary of Hungary, Zoltán Kovács, said that as long as the current government rules the country, “Stop Soros” will remain effective. According to him, findings from public surveys show that the regulation has indeed prevented a mass influx of migrants.
“At the initiative of the Brussels Committee, the European Court of Justice today ruled that the Stop Soros Act, passed in 2018, which criminalized the organization and financing of illegal migration, and the constitutional amendment adopted in parallel with the law, banned the mass resettlement of immigrants,” Kovács wrote.
In other words, “Stop Soros” is a law passed in 2018 by the Hungarian government, which regulates the detention of those helping immigrants claim asylum and apply for residence permits inside the country, with punishments of up to one year in prison.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán supports the legislation, a leading figure against migration who objects to his opponents, including billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, whom he previously accused of promoting an open-borders, mass migration agenda.
“We all know that to the Brussels bureaucracy, the thorn in the flesh was the fact that we criminalized the promotion and facilitation of illegal immigration, as we do not want foreign NGOs to organize illegal migration to Europe,” she said. “In today’s judgment, the Court stated what we would never have thought: Hungary must practically support human trafficking,” Justice Minister Judit Varga said in response to the EU Court ruling.
Hungary established a razor-wire barricade on its border with Serbia and Croatia in 2015 after more than one million people entered the EU, mostly via the Turkey-Greece route.
Recently, the Prime Minister of Hungary signed the resolution proposed by Poland, which says that the EU is overextending its powers and that the EU law should only apply in areas where the EU has competence. At present, Poland is in a difficult situation in terms of admitting migrants as the flux of the latter is increasing widely, including Afghan migrants and Belarussians who are also fleeing their country due to safety concerns in their home country.