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Hungarian FM Szijjarto says EU wants to legalise illegal migration

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his government are set to continue a hardline stance towards irregular migration - even though flows of undocumented migrants into their territory have diminished to a few hundred per year. That's a key message from Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, who spoke to FRANCE 24's Catherine Nicholson.


Szijjarto outlines his government's opposition to new measures announced by the European Commission, such as increasing Frontex border guard numbers to 10,000 by 2020, as well as a reinforcement of the European Returns Directive.

The Hungarian foreign minister also explains why Budapest is backing Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela - and tells us why the Hungarian government sees EU concessions on the Brexit Irish border backstop as unlikely.

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Mathilde Bénézet

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