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Hungary dismisses compromise on asylum-seekers, wants EU external borders protected

Hungary remains firmly opposed to illegal immigration and the EU should focus efforts on protecting its external borders, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said, commenting on an Estonian compromise proposal on asylum-seekers. “Hungary’s view on migration is clear and rock steady: We think illegal immigration is dangerous. Because of illegal immigration, Europe has never had to face the kind of terror threat it faces now,” Szijjarto told a news conference with ministers and officials from Eastern and Southern Europe. Under the Estonian plan, the European Commission would determine “fair shares” of asylum-seekers that countries would be expected to take in at their own borders – largely based on their population and wealth, Reuters said.