Hungary's foreign minister Peter Szijjarto told media outlets on Friday “three years after the mass influx of about a million people, Europe remains threatened by unchecked immigration and must focus on stopping it.”
Szijjarto, speaking to The Associated Press, said that the European Union should screen asylum-seekers in camps created outside its own borders, which he said the bloc should be able to police more efficiently.
“Now we are exactly where we used to be three years ago," he said. "The European Union is defenseless from the south and from the southeast."
Szijjarto’s statement was made on the sidelines of a regional EU foreign ministers meeting in Greece that discussed energy cooperation, and the bloc's expansion before a summit next week in Bulgaria.
Hungary is strongly critical of EU immigration policies, has built border fences to keep migrants out and rejects the bloc's obligatory quota system for taking in asylum-seekers.
"We should not speak about how to encourage migration, how to manage migration, we should speak about how to stop the migratory flows," Szijjarto said.
In his view point, if the migratory flows continue, that would pose a significant security threat (to) Europe.
Friday's talks in a resort south of Athens brought together ministers from the so-called Visegrad Group — Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary — and Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia.
Visegrad Group members strongly object to EU immigration policies. Not only do they object the EU’s policies on this matter, but they also strongly dislike criticism over the rule of the law in their countries from many EU partners.
In 2016, the European Commission estimated that 40% of refugees that had been travelling on the Balkan route have no prospect of gaining asylum in the EU. In 2015 only, sources said that more than 2,000 people died in desperate efforts to reach the EU and the circumstances awaiting them were bad as hell and that they were treated like convicted animals.