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Apr 03, 2017

Hungary's border reinforcements are "working well and without problems"

No one has been able to enter the territory of Hungary illegally since the legal border reinforcement because the authorities have prevented this, and the migrants who were apprehended in the interior of the country were accompanied back to the transit zones

Hungary's legal border reinforcement is working well and without problems, the first experiences are positive, and migrants have disappeared from the Serbian side of the border, Hungary's ministry of Interior has said.

Károly Kontrát, minister of state at the Ministry of Interior, said the latest measure has a “shifting effect” where fewer illegal migrants attempt to enter Hungary, as the news spreads that they should try some other route.

According to MTI, there are 28 individuals in the transit zone at Röszke, and 18 in the transit zone at Tompa. Sixteen new asylum requests have been submitted in Röszke since Tuesday, and 15 in Tompa. In a breakdown by nationalities, there are 15 Afghans, 11 Iraqis, 4 Turks and 1 Nepali.

Kontrát stressed that no one has been able to enter the territory of Hungary illegally since the reinforced legal border closure because the authorities have prevented this, and the migrants who were apprehended in the interior of the country were accompanied back to the transit zones.

Kontrát also said that the leaders of the asylum offices of the Visegrád Four visited the Röszke transit zone. Zsuzsanna Végh, director general of the immigration and asylum office, said the attending foreign office leaders and experts spoke about the reinforced legal border closure in a tone of appreciation, highlighting that it serves the best interests of all Schengen Member States, and that Hungary proceeds in harmony with the EU’s objectives.