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Aug 17, 2017

Hungary's Chief Security Advisor says the mandatory distribution of migrants is not the solution

György Bakondi also stated that the activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which often assist migration in cooperation with networks of people smugglers pose a threat to internal security

Hungary's Chief Security Advisor has said that the mandatory distribution of migrants is not the solution, and neither is it supported by EU Member States.

György Bakondi, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, said that in accordance with the Hungarian proposals tabled two years ago, state borders must be strictly guarded, and the latest events in Italy show that this can also be achieved at sea.

He added that hotspots must be set up outside the EU where it is possible to determine which migrants are genuine asylum-seekers and which ones should be let in.

Bakondi also stated that the activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which often assist migration in cooperation with networks of people smugglers pose a threat to internal security.

He said that these organizations are not willing to sign the code of conduct recently adopted in Italy, and they are also not prepared to accept the laws of Hungary.

The Hungarian position is that the operation of civil society organizations which take part in activities related to migration must be transparent, he said.

Bakondi added that the number of migrants arriving in Italy via the sea route is on the decrease after the Libyan coast guards received technical assistance from Italian vessels.

The Italian Parliament has passed a code of conduct for non-governmental organizations active on the sea routes, and an agreement has also been reached with Libyan tribes to stop the uncontrolled influx of migrants at the southern borders of the country, Bakondi added.