Barlin: Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban defended his hardline stance against refugees, the vast majority of whom are Muslim, said that Islam “has never been part of Europe”.

Hungary PM Viktor Orban also said that everyone is not entitled to a life in Germany or Hungary. Pic/AFP
Hungary PM Viktor Orban also said that everyone is not entitled to a life in Germany or Hungary. Pic/AFP 

Speaking to a news weekly about the record migrant influx, he said “the language of the European elite is ideological and dogmatic. Islam has never been part of Europe; it came to us.”

He conceded that Germany’s Turkish migrants, who arrived in tens of thousands from the 1960s for work, now “belong to German history and therefore Europe’s too. But spiritually, Islam was never part of Europe. It’s the rulebook of another world,” said Orban. He also hit out at France and Germany for refusing to countenance “any doubts” over a multicultural society.

“We in Hungary decide what we want or don't want. We don't want that," he said. Almost 600,000 people have arrived in Europe so far this year, with many of them heading for Germany and Sweden. Orban asserted that most asylum seekers arriving in Europe are actually economic migrants. "Not everyone is entitled to a life in Germany or a life in Hungary. That’s only for those who have worked for it," he said.

6 lakh
The approximate number of migrants who arrived in Europe this year