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May 31, 2016

Hungary is prepared for violent break-ins at the borders

Chief Security Advisor stressed that there is no threat of a violent break-in from the Röszke and Tompa transit zone

György Bakondi, chief security advisor to the prime minister, has said that Hungary's physical border barrier has a deterrent effect and is strong enough to hold back migrants.

During an interview on the M1 television channel, Bakondi stressed that there is no threat of a violent break-in from the Röszke and Tompa transit zone, despite the growing number of refugees there.

When asked about whether Hungarian authorities are prepared for attempted break-ins that could turn violent, he said that there are currently 200–300 people in the Röszke and Tompa transit zone, but these are not only young men. He added there are not enough of them there to be able to effectively attack the fence violently.

According to Bakondi, opening a transit zone near Ásotthalom is a reasonable step.

He added that it is exceptionally difficult to clarify the identity and destination of migrants, as well as the circumstances of their asylum claims.