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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.

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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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