September 1, 2015 / 3:31 PM / 2 years ago

Hungary to send economic migrants back to country they entered from - foreign minister

BLED, Slovenia (Reuters) - Hungary will register all migrants that come to the country and send economic migrants back to the state from which they entered Hungary, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told reporters on Tuesday.

He also said Hungary, which has been struggling with a large influx of migrants in recent months, did not support the quota system for migrant distribution, saying such a system only encourages migrants and smugglers.

“We plan to register all migrants regardless of the fact that we are not the first member state they enter. We will register everyone who submits the request for asylum and carry out the procedure,” Szijjarto told reporters on the sidelines of a business conference in Bled in Slovenia.

“If the decision is positive the refugee can stay, but if it is not positive we cannot give shelter to the economic migrants, we cannot bear that burden, so they will be returned where they come from,” he added.

Earlier on Tuesday Hungary prevented migrants entering the Budapest main railway station, from where they planned to travel towards Austria and Germany.

Reporting By Marja Novak; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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