Hungary’s prime minister has said there is a clear link between illegal migrants entering Europe and the threat of terrorism.
As the country continues to build its controversial border fence with Serbia, Viktor Orbán sought to justify his government’s tough stance on immigration.
In an annual speech in Romania where he traditionally outlines his political vision, the prime minister said illegal immigration had contributed to a rise in unemployment and crime in Western countries.
He criticised European Union policies for not being robust enough to defend people from the threats posed by rising immigration.
And he went further: "There is a clear link between illegal migrants coming to Europe and the spread of terrorism," Orbán said. "Interestingly it is obvious in the
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The number of migrants entering Hungary has soared: 80,000 have been registered this year, nearly double the figure for the whole of 2014.
Many come via the Balkans, attracted to the EU’s Schengen zone of which Hungary forms a part. Most are said to come from poor or