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Hungary’s Response To The European Commission Directive On the Taking In Of “Illegal Migrants”

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Brussels’ migrant policy focuses on the taking in of illegal migrants, while there is lesser focus on the protection of the external borders, the sending back of economic migrants, the observance of the Schengen rules and the coordination of issues of internal security, György Bakondi, the Hungarian Prime Minister’s chief advisor for internal security said.

The chief advisor said at the press conference held during a break of the two-day conference “Alternative solutions to the management of the migration crisis. Does the Common European Asylum System work?”: last year’s mass migration took the EU itself by surprise.

Mr Bakondi indicated: the Government takes the view that, similar to last year, Brussels’ migrant policy continues to focus fundamentally on the taking in, distribution and integration of migrants this year as well. It is on these issues that most progress has been made and the most marked concepts have been developed.

As he said, though the protection of the external borders also forms an integral part of the policy of the European Union on a level of verbal expressions, no actual measures have been taken, other than those implemented by the countries of the Balkans route, with Austria at the lead, which eventually closed their borders to illegal immigrants.

The filtering and identification of those arriving in Europe is slow and difficult. At the same time, economic migrants are not being sent back in a scheduled and planned fashion, the chief advisor added.

He further pointed out: our own regulations, primarily the Schengen regulations, continue to remain unobserved, and therefore Schengen 2.0, the Hungarian proposal fundamentally seeks to achieve this.

He highlighted: the reinforcement of the European border controls agency Frontex is making slow progress, as is the development of a united border and shoreline guarding force. There is no progress in the coordination of issues regarding internal security, whether they concern a threat to public security or to national security, he remarked.

Mr Bakondi said upon stating the relevant statistics: according to Frontex, 1.5 million illegal migrants arrived in Europe last year, and 391,000 migrants from 104 countries travelled through Hungary. 177,000 asylum requests were submitted last year, 508 asylum-seekers were granted the refugee or protected status, while the rest simply disappeared by the time the authorities would have adopted a decision on their case or were refused.

Eighteen thousand applications have been submitted this year to date, 4,300 in the transit zones. Some 100 to 200 people each day attempt to cross the southern border of the country illegally, by way of acts of violence, which means that the border “is under permanent pressure”. The reason being that upon the elimination of the refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece, 4-4.5 thousand people “disappeared”. These individuals reached Serbia with the assistance of people smugglers and from there they attempt to cross the Hungarian border.

The chief advisor also pointed out that there are 122,000 people in the migrant care system of Italy, and the number of those arriving from Libya has increased significantly: as many as 3,000 to 3,500 a day. In Libya some one million people are awaiting their departure for Europe by boat; according to conservative estimates, 450,000 people may arrive from Libya this year.

At the press conference Mr Bakondi was asked about the incident that a bugging device was found at the Eötvös Károly Institute of Politics. The chief advisor told the press: he has no information regarding the incident, but in his view it is out of the question that the device found is registered as the property of the Hungarian secret services. He stressed: the Hungarian secret services only gather intelligence in a lawful manner.

Regarding the bugging device found at the Eötvös Károly Institute of Politics, the Ministry of Interior told the Hungarian news agency MTI that the device in question is obtainable in normal shops for twenty thousand forints. They stressed in their communiqué: “any internal affairs agency providing services with devices used for secret intelligence gathering and secret data acquisition – within the boundaries of the relevant legal rules – does not procure its own equipment on the Internet or at a corner shop”. They remarked: the Institute did not file a report with the police “in connection with the object found”.

Mr Bakondi said in answer to another question: he has not seen any reports on the pro-migration activities of foundations which may be associated with György Soros.

The chief advisor also delivered a lecture at the event before the press conference. He stated: the Hungarian Government sees migration as the greatest challenge in the history of the EU. In his view, it is also perfectly clear that the EU was not prepared for this either as regards its regulations, or based on its decision-making mechanisms. As a result, it often made belated decisions, and did not always opt for the best solutions.

He stressed: the EU is facing a flow of “mass, illegal and violent” migration. He said: “increasing aggression on the part of migrants is a trend throughout Europe” which has also emerged at centres in Hungary.

The identities of those arriving in Hungary are often doubtful, as is the purpose of their arrival, he said. He indicated: according to some information, there are some 30,000 people smugglers active on the Balkans route. As Mr Bakondi pointed out, sending a flow of people on such a scale on their journey required major organisational activity and the establishment of people smuggling networks. He further said that “forces beyond the realm of official politics”, too, “are manifesting a great deal of activity” on the front of migration.

The Government of Hungary is seeking to reinforce the surveillance of the external borders, he said. The chief advisor stressed: the security of the EU cannot depend on a single country, Turkey, the EU must protect its own borders, and politics in Europe must be shaped in such a way as to guarantee the security of its citizens.

{Source: Government of Hungary-Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister-Media Relations (MTI).

[Photo credits-featured image: By Elekes Andor (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons – the 4th of September, 2015. Fornoon. Budapest, at Eastern Railway Station. Entrance of the Metro Line, square in front of the Railway Station, Passage under the Baross square. Migrants at Eastern Railway Station.]

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