Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a speech Monday the country’s constitution explicitly forbids Islamization.
This puts Hungary on more secure footing than other countries in the European Union as far as migration and cultural shifts are concerned — the constitution’s primary aim is to secure the existence of Hungarian norms and language. This means that any attempts to fundamentally transform the country in an Islamic direction are blatantly unconstitutional, The Associated Press reports.
This entails that the government step in and prevent any activity that pushes Hungary closer to an Islamic society, according to Orban. Part of this proactive effort includes opposing mass migration.
“To be clear and unequivocal, I can say that Islamization is constitutionally banned in Hungary,” Orban said Monday in parliament.
“We have the right to choose whom we want and don’t want to live with,” Orban added.
Orban certainly has fulfilled his word, as Hungary’s security services have built large fences on the southern border with Serbia to keep out migrants.
Orban wants Hungary to be completely free of any unauthorized migrants.
Before the fence went up, a total of 400,000 migrants made their way through Hungary to other European nations back in 2015. That number has plummeted to a slow trickle since the fence went up.
To make sure migrants don’t move from Hungary deeper into the EU, Austria has just announced it’s reimposing border controls with Hungary. It is unclear how long the controls will remain in effect.
The migrants who do manage to breach the fence have the law to contend with. In just the first two weeks of March, Hungary arrested a minimum of 1,428 border jumpers, though various human rights organizations in Hungary have complained that the process is a violation of the constitution and of basic rights. Such pleas have fallen on deaf ears, and Hungary has moved even further, filing a lawsuit against the European Union, so that it can be declared exempt from migrant resettlement plans.
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