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Visiting Hungarian minister says migrants ‘evidently’ make Vienna dirty and poor, as he vows to keep them out of Budapest

Incendiary comments were made by the chief of staff for Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, condemned as a racist by the UN human rights chief

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2018, 9:38am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2018, 8:08pm

The chief of staff for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban posted a video on his Facebook page Tuesday showing him in a district of Austria’s capital that he says is dirtier, poorer and increasingly crime-ridden since immigrants began living there.

Minister Janos Lazar says in the video that in 20 years, Hungary’s capital of Budapest could look like that unidentified Vienna neighbourhood if opposition parties “let in the migrants.”

Hungary’s parliamentary elections are April 8 and the fervently anti-immigration Orban’s Fidesz party has made migrants the focal point of the campaign.

“Evidently the streets are dirtier, evidently the area is poorer and there’s lots more crime,” Lazar says. “If we let them in and they will live in our cities, the consequences will be crime, impoverishment, hospices and impossible urban conditions.”

“We are working to prevent this phenomenon,” Lazar said.

Lazar said only elderly pensioners remain in the Vienna district “among whites and Christians,” while “everyone else is an immigrant” for whom “a city within a city” is being created.

“There are a great number of schools in Vienna where there are no white Viennese children left, only the children of Muslim immigrants and immigrants from the Middle East,” Lazar said.

During a January 30 meeting in Vienna with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Orban thanked his host for “being not only a good friend but a good partner of Hungary on the issue of migration.” Orban also thanked Austria for sending police and border guards to help patrol the anti-migrant fences Hungary built on its southern borders in late 2015.

Earlier Tuesday, the UN human rights chief said he was standing by “every single word” of his criticism of Orban, whom last month he called a racist and xenophobe.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, criticised Orban for saying that Hungarians don’t want their “own colour, traditions and national culture to be mixed by others.”