Hungary’s prime minister has undoubtedly used immigration fears to boost his popularity up to now. The snag? Most Hungarians are pro-EU

It seemed like an unexpected gift for the left-liberal opposition when Hungary’s rightwing Fidesz government started a propaganda campaign in June 2015 about the dangers of mass immigration. There were practically no immigrants coming to the country at the time, so showing how pointless and wasteful it was to be spending public money on billboards about the issue looked like an easy battle to win.

But prime minister Viktor Orbán and his government proved to be far-sighted: later in the summer tens of thousands of migrants travelled through the country until a fence was erected at the southern border.

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