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Hungary's Justice Minister: "We want to stop migration"

The Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga has reiterated her country's opposition to the EU Commission's latest proposals for an asylum and migration pact.

Budapest - "We don't want Europe to become a continent of immigration," she told Die Zeit. It is not about coping with migration, "we want to stop it". Asylum applications must be decided outside of the EU, "in transit zones or hotspots".

"But as long as one is still discussing quotas for the admission of refugees, one should not be surprised if people continue to try to come to Europe illegally", she said. Varga refuses to accept the allegation that Hungary is behaving in a lack of solidarity. "Although Hungary is not a rich country, we spend a lot of money on international aid programs. We have also invested more than a billion euros to protect the Hungarian and thus also Europe's external border," said Varga. The Justice Minister left open whether Hungary would take on so-called "return sponsorships", as proposed by the EU Commission. "It's too early to say that. The devil is in the details and we are at the very beginning of very difficult negotiations."

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