Hidveghi told Hungarian reporters in Strasbourg that the proposals contained in the report at the centre of the debate would attract the most talented people to Europe, resulting in a brain drain in areas that are already in a difficult situation.

As the EU struggles with one of its gravest migration crises, the European Parliament is debating a report that would institutionalise migration with active collaboration from the European Commission, he said.

The report calls for promoting legal labour migration and the import of low and medium-skilled workers from the Middle East and Africa, Hidveghi said. It also urges easing their movement within the bloc and making them eligible for benefits, he added.

But in Hungary’s experience, aid should be exported to where it is needed, the MEP said. The goal is not to empty out those areas but rather to create better living conditions for those living there, he added.

“There’s no need for Brussels to decide who should be admitted and what we should do with them,” Hidveghi said, adding this decision should remain in the hands of member states. Demographic and labour challenges should be addressed by implementing the kind of family policies introduced by the Hungarian government, he said.