EU spat: Swedish PM wants to “force illegal immigrants onto Hungary”, says FM

The dispute took place as campaigns are heating up for the upcoming European Parliament elections at the end of May.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Monday reacted to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s criticism over Hungary’s migration policy, saying Lofven wants to force illegal immigrants onto Hungary.

“The Swedish Prime Minister is a pro-immigration politician who wants to force illegal immigrants onto Hungary, and wants to punish the Hungarians for saying no to the mandatory resettlement quota,” Szijjarto said, quoted by the official website of the Hungarian government.

In a statement published on the online version of Swedish left-wing daily Dagens Nyheter, Lofven said: “Countries will not be able to receive EU (European Union) funding in the same way they do today. Hungary is one of the countries that receives the most funding from the EU, and it is saying no: we will not take responsibility with relation to migration.”

According to Szijjarto, Hungary is taking true responsibility with relation to illegal immigration in view of the fact that “the Hungarian fences are also defending the western and northern parts of Europe.”

“And as far as EU funding goes, it is not a charitable donation, but is due to Hungary in accordance with the EU treaties in exchange for us having opened our markets to Western European enterprises, which are realizing significant profits in Hungary,” he added.

The dispute took place as campaigns are heating up for the upcoming European Parliament elections at the end of May.