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Aug 04, 2017

All three migrant routes are active says Hungary's chief security advisor

György Bakondi said it was clear that there is an increasingly strong migrant presence in Europe and the integration of migrants into European society has failed

The prime minister’s chief security advisor has revealed that all three major European migration routes are currently active.

György Bakondi said it was clear that there is an increasingly strong migrant presence in Europe and the integration of migrants into European society has failed.

Bakondi said that Europeans are expressing increasingly negative opinions about migrants and the situation is still a major problem.

The Hungarian government is adamant that border patrol is a fundamental security criterion and only people who have been properly screened should be allowed into the European Union‘s territory, Bakondi said.

He said the problems which are the root causes of migration should be dealt with where they arise. He noted the government’s position opposing the relocation of migrants within the EU and calls to open the bloc’s borders.

Bakondi said 19,000 people attempted to enter Hungary illegally last year. There were altogether 7,300 attempts at illegal entry into Hungary between the beginning of this year and March 28, when the country’s tightened asylum rules came into effect, he added.

A further 4,200 people tried to enter Hungary illegally over the remainder of the first half of the year, he said.

On the subject of French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to set up migrant hotspots in Libya where asylum requests could be reviewed, Bakondi said this plan was strikingly similar to the one the Hungarian government had put forward two years ago.