June 29, 2016 / 1:21 PM / 2 years ago

Hungary will not relent on migration policy - PM Orban

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary will not relent on policy regarding the migration crisis and aims to use its planned referendum on EU migrant resettlement quotas to achieve a policy change in Brussels, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Wednesday.

Migrants, hoping to cross into Hungary, walk with babies on their backs along a railway track outside the village of Horgos in Serbia, towards the border it shares with Hungary August 31, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica/File Photo

Orban told a news conference there were no initiatives on the table that would call for Hungary leaving the EU, and that even the radical rightwing Jobbik party argued for Hungary’s EU membership now.

“We don’t know of any proposals that could be taken seriously that would question (Hungary’s) EU membership, but there are serious proposals for us not to give up on any of our migration policy, and we will not relent,” Orban said on state TV. “The two things must not be mixed up.”

Orban said he hoped the quota referendum would help achieve change in Brussels migration policy, but he said he still faced “serious fights.”

Reporting by Krisztina Than and Marton Dunai; Editing by Catherine Evans

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