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EU Nationalists Vow to Block Migrants Despite Economic Boon

  • East EU states call immigration threat to western civilization
  • Pro-family policies fail to stem plunging population numbers
From left, Andrej Babis, Janez Jansa, Viktor Orban, Aleksandar Vucic and Milorad Dodik in Budapest, on Sept. 23. 
From left, Andrej Babis, Janez Jansa, Viktor Orban, Aleksandar Vucic and Milorad Dodik in Budapest, on Sept. 23. Photographer: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images
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Europe’s nationalist leaders called for pro-family and anti-immigration policies to resolve a demographic crisis, even as declining populations and severe labor shortages force them to open their doors to foreign workers.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hosted the leaders of the Czech Republic, Serbia and Slovenia at a demographic-focused forum in Budapest, where he said immigration was a threat to the survival of western civilization rather than an antidote.