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Dec 27, 2019

Chief Security Advisor: Migrant crisis has worsened this year

Hungary’s chief security advisor György Bakondi said the European migration situation has not abated this year, but has worsened compared with last year.

Last Friday saw 235 illegal border-crossers apprehended at the Hungarian borders; not since 2015 have this many people attempted to enter the country illegally in one day.

Hungary’s chief security advisor György Bakondi said the European migration situation has not abated this year, but has worsened compared with last year.

According to Kormany.hu, the authorities apprehended ten people at the Romanian border section, five Palestinians and five Syrians; on the Serbian section, in 38 instances, 225 people were apprehended, including 195 Syrian nationals, 11 Afghans, 9 Algerians, 3 Tunisians, 2 Palestinians, 2 Iraqis, 1 Libyan, 1 Turk and 1 Sudanese national.

Bakondi said on Hungary’s border with Serbia, compared with last year’s 6,000 illegal border-crossers, this year 14,551 people have been detained; on the Croatian border section, in contrast to last year’s 139, this year 299 people have been apprehended; on the Romanian border section, compared with last year’s 204, this year 490 border violators have been apprehended; while on the Ukrainian border section, last year’s 57 attempts match this year’s number. He added that so far this year they have apprehended 149 people smugglers in contrast to 134 last year during the whole year.

He said pro-immigration forces continue to keep Hungary under political pressure which the government firmly rejects with reference to both factual data and the Hungarian people’s security needs.

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