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May 30, 2017

Hungary reluctant to relax laws surrounding illegal immigration

Hungary's government spokesperson has said that the country is staunchly against any attempt to relax the existing legal framework surrounding the issue of illegal migration

Hungary is extremely reluctant to relax its laws surrounding illegal immigration, according to government sources today.

Illegal immigration is currently an extremely important subject right across Europe, especially in light of recent terror attacks in London, Nice and Stockholm. Hungary remains committed to protecting its people and millions more right across the EU.

In the midst of those sentiments, Hungary's government spokesperson has said that the country is staunchly against any attempt to relax the existing legal framework surrounding the issue of illegal migration.

Zoltán Kovács made the remarks after a briefing in Hungary’s Vienna embassy on Monday, and added that Hungary also stood opposed to attempts to reinterpret the regulations in place.

By sticking to the rules, it would have been possible to prevent all sorts of problems that several countries such as Austria face today, he said, adding it was not only compliance with existing regulations that was required but also the adoption of observable and enforceable rules.

“If we do not follow the existing rules, however much we try to protect the internal borders, the Schengen system may crumble nevertheless,” he said.

Kovács said sovereignty in such areas as border control should never be given up and should remain a national competence. At the same time, in areas in which cooperation works well, an efficient system can be set up with the European Union, he added.