Europe’s Migrant Crisis: Views from Central Europe
"We are not going to take part in the madness of the Brussels elite."
by Soeren Kern • July 2, 2017 at 5:00 am
- Many so-called asylum seekers have refused to relocate to Central and Eastern Europe because the financial benefits there are not as generous as in France, Germany or Scandinavia. In addition, hundreds of migrants who have been relocated to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which rank among the poorest EU countries, have since fled to Germany and other wealthier countries in the bloc.
- "It needs to be said clearly and directly: This is an attack on Europe, on our culture, on our traditions." — Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydło.
- "I think we have a right to decide that we do not want a large number of Muslim people in our country. That is a historical experience for us." — Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, referring to Hungary’s occupation by the Ottoman Empire from 1541 to 1699.