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Jan 22, 2021

Chief Security Advisor: Hungary’s migration policy and border protection measures have been successful

György Bakondi said Hungary’s migration policy and border protection measures have been successful in protecting the country and ensuring the safety of its people.

 

Chief Security Advisor György Bakondi said Hungary’s migration policy and border protection measures have been successful in protecting the country and ensuring the safety of its people.

According to MTI, Bakondi noted, while addressing a press conference at the Kelebia border crossing on the Serbian-Hungarian border, that the Hungarian authorities apprehended 45,500 illegal migrants at the border last year and launched criminal proceedings against 455 people smugglers, a significant increase from the previous three years. So far this year, a total of 56 people smugglers have been arrested.

Bakondi said, noting that the migration pressure on Hungary seen over the past year was now getting even more intense. He said that in addition to border protection, Hungary’s migration policy also encompassed providing aid to other countries with the aim of keeping the main migration routes closed, while Hungarian police officers are helping to patrol the North Macedonian border.

Hungary also cooperates with Europol and European border agency Frontex in tracking down people smuggling networks. Hungary shows solidarity towards all countries working to prevent migrant groups from setting off towards Europe, Bakondi said. Hungary has also provided financial and other forms of aid to cities and towns destroyed in the Syrian civil war, he added.

Hungary expects the Portuguese European Union presidency to take notice of the experiences of countries like those forming the Visegrad Group and break with policy positions that support mandatory migrant settlement quotas, open borders and “legalising” illegal entrants, Bakondi said, arguing that these proposals posed serious risks.

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