Migrant resettlement ban to be resubmitted by Hungary’s Jobbik

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Members of far-right Jobbik party display a banner reading 'The traitor is who lets terrorist in for money!' in the Hungarian Parliament during the vote on the amendment of the Constitution during the plenary session of the parliament in Budapest, Hungary, 08 November 2016.

Migrant resettlement ban to be resubmitted by Hungary’s Jobbik


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A proposed constitutional amendment banning the resettlement of migrants in Hungary will be resubmitted to the parliament by the far-right opposition party Jobbik.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, the amendment was submitted by Prime Minister Viktor Orban but fell short of the needed two-thirds majority in parliament last week, largely because Jobbik abstained from voting. But the party’s chairman, Gabor Vona, told reporters he planned to resubmit the amendment, verbatim.

Jobbik said it had blocked the amendment’s passage because of the government’s refusal to scrap a separate scheme allowing foreigners to buy residency rights. Once the residency bond scheme is scrapped, Jobbik said, it would support the amendment.

“We have always been against the residency bonds,” Vona said. “With the plebiscite after the referendum we received an opportunity to raise this issue in a much more powerful way.”

“It is downright absurd that just two weeks ago, after an anti-immigrant campaign that cost Hungarian taxpayers 15bn forints [€48.5m], the government opened a residency bond sales point in Iraq, not far from the centre of ISIS.”

According to Hungary Today online, János Volner, the party’s deputy leader said the ruling Fidesz party had come to a crossroads. They must now decide if they want to “keep clinging to the billions of forints they make from the residency bond scheme through offshore companies” or if they put the safety of the Hungarian people first, he insisted.

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