2017-07-02 23:00:01 UTC
Europe's Migrant Crisis: Views from Central Europe
by Soeren Kern
July 2, 2017
Many so-called asylum seekers have refused to relocate to Central and
Eastern Europe because the financial benefits there are not as generous as
in France, Germany or Scandinavia. In addition, hundreds of migrants who
have been relocated to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which rank among the
poorest EU countries, have since fled to Germany and other wealthier
countries in the bloc.
"It needs to be said clearly and directly: This is an attack on Europe, on
our culture, on our traditions." — Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydło.
"I think we have a right to decide that we do not want a large number of
Muslim people in our country. That is a historical experience for us." —
Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, referring to Hungary's occupation
by the Ottoman Empire from 1541 to 1699.