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Apr 20, 2017

Hungary says there are organized groups of migrants being sent to Europe

György Bakondi, chief security advisor to the prime minister, said the way migrants are arriving in Europe shows patterns of organization

The Hungarian government has said there are organized groups of migrants being sent to Europe which is adding to the migrant crisis.

György Bakondi, chief security advisor to the prime minister, said the way migrants are arriving in Europe shows patterns of organization. Asylum-seekers are primarily coordinated by people smugglers and other groups, he added.

Bakondi took the view that, with the implementation of the technical and legal border closure, the loopholes – which had previously caused "a permanent leakage” – have been closed on the Hungarian-Serbian border, and migrants are therefore opting for different directions.

He added that it became noticeable already in January of this year that the sea route between Libya and Italy has become more important, and migrants in increasingly large numbers have opted for this route. We may also observe that migrants are seeking new routes in response to the various measures adopted by the EU and the nation states, and in consequence, their numbers fluctuate as well, he concluded.