Hungary asks UN for global quotas on migrants

Hungary called Tuesday for the United Nations to set global quotas on accepting migrants, saying it was unfair for Europe to take so many refugees fleeing Syria.


Hungary, whose hardline approach on migrants has been widely criticized by other governments and rights activists, said it would make the proposal formally on Wednesday at the United Nations.


“We suggest that all major players should bear some burden. We should introduce some world quotas,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told reporters.


“The major sources of this mass popular movement are countries which became unstable because of international political decisions. They were not made only by Europe.”


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has criticized Hungary’s sealing of its borders, has called on Europeans to do more and has convened a meeting for Wednesday on the crisis.


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is expected to take a hard line in the talks after ordering the construction of razor wire on his country’s borders to divert migrants.


Almost 300,000 migrants have entered Hungary this year.


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