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Mar 29, 2017

Hungary's new migration policy has seen the number of attempted illegal entries fall dramatically

György Bakondi, the chief security advisor to the prime minister, said the double border fence and “legal border seal” have thwarted attempts to enter the country

Hungary's new law on illegal migration has seen the number of attempted illegal entries fall dramatically, officials announced. 

György Bakondi, the chief security advisor to the prime minister, said the double border fence and “legal border seal” have thwarted attempts to enter the country.

Bakondi warned of double standards in judging the containers provided for migrants in the transit zones on the Hungarian-Serbian border, noting that containers were welcomed by the press as a humane solution when France abolished the Calais tent camp.

The EU border agency Frontex is monitoring the Hungarian border closely, and their report published “a few weeks ago” gave a positive evaluation of Hungary’s border agencies, Bakondi said.

Refugee status was granted to 500 people in 2015, to nearly 400 in 2016 and to 35 in 2017, Bakondi said.