The past two days have seen one of the most intensive illegal border crossing movements of 2017
“Despite the efforts of the European Union’s Member States, the past two days have seen one of the most intensive movements of illegal border crossers of 2017 along the Serbian stretch of the border”, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister stressed on Sunday in Budapest.
At his press conference, György Bakondi told reporters: “192 attempts to illegally cross the border were registered on Friday, of which 159 were prevented and 33 migrants were accompanied back across the border”.” On Saturday, 178 people tried to enter Hungary illegally”, he added.
“Immigration is occurring en masse and is persistent, illegal and organised, and often violent, in addition to which huge numbers of migrants are waiting in Asia and Africa”, he said.
According to the Chief Security Advisor, the mistaken, impractical and often late reaction of some EU Member States has resulted in a worsening security situation throughout Europe and has had various healthcare, social, political and economic effects. “The EU hasn’t even kept to its own regulations, such as the Schengen Agreement”, he noted.
Mr. Bakondi pointed out that during the past 18 months several spheres of authority have been transferred to EU central government, which has been critical of those member states who have a different opinion about the migration crisis. “However, the Hungarian standpoint was reinforced a few days ago by the German Minister of Interior, who stated: hotspots must be established outside the borders of the European Union so that only those may be allowed to enter the continent who are truly eligible for political asylum”, he said.
“Every Member State has begun to protect itself, including through the reinforcement of its police and secret services”, Mr. Bakondi added.
“The Hungarian Government has several proposals for handling the crisis. The external borders must be protected and the Schengen regulations must be reinstated”, the Chief Security Advisor said, adding: “The main migration routes must be closed and external hotspots must be established”.
Mr. Bakondi also mentioned the importance of repatriation: the deportation of people who are in Europe illegally, including through uniform regulations, if necessary.
“The relocation quota must be removed from the agenda, because it is having a ‘suction effect’ and is encouraging more people to set out for Europe. Finally, the Government believes it is justified to reintroduce the detainment of immigrants to ensure that only those can move freely who are in Europe legally following suitable checks”, Mr. Bakondi continued, listing the Hungarian Governments’ recommendations.
“There are currently 804 people living in refugee accommodation in Hungary. 2693 people have attempted to enter the country illegally so far this year; 1399 migrants have been prevented from doing so and 1294 were apprehended and accompanied back across the border to the nearest transit zone. The Hungarian border protection system is sufficiently strong and the Government is paying a suitable level of attention to the country’s defence”, he stressed.
Mr. Bakondi also told reporters about various international figures and migration-related information. “According to calculations by the United Nations Organisation, there are currently 7300 migrants living in Serbia; 6200 in receiving centres and the rest in temporary accommodation in Belgrade and Vojvodina. No intensive movement of illegal immigrants is being observed in Romania and there is a good level of cooperation with the Hungarian authorities. In contrast, there is a high level of illegal immigration in Bulgaria, and more and more illegal immigrants are hiding in vehicles. Bulgaria is in the process of recruiting 600 new border guards”, he said.
“Croatia has a large number of personnel guarding its borders. The European Commission is recommending that several states, including Germany, Austria, Sweden and Denmark, extend internal border controls by a further three months. There are 63-65 thousand migrants on the Greek islands and tensions are high. Malta is drawing up a proposal for the reinforcement of the Libyan coast guard and Poland is working on new legislation to curb illegal immigration”, he continued.
In reply to a question, Mr. Bakondi said that the Government was naturally dealing with the security issues relating to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to Budapest, but that the security measures are not public. “We can expect similar restrictions as last time, including the closing off of roads and the redirection of traffic”, he said. “According to international protocol, if a protected leader arrives in the country, the host state is fundamentally responsible for their security, but direct bodyguard duties continue to be performed by the protected leader’s own people”, he noted.
[Source: Hungarian Government (MTI)-Media Relations]
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