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Feb 27, 2017

Hungary's secondary line of defense proves effective in stopping illegal migrants

Hungary's experiment with a second border fence along a 10-kilometer stretch of the Hungary-Serbia border has practically stopped all illegal border crossings on that section of the border

Hungary's experiment with a second border fence along a 10-kilometer stretch of the Hungary-Serbia border has practically stopped all illegal border crossings on that section of the border, according to György Bakondi, the prime minister’s chief security advisor.

According to Magyar Hírlap, Bakondi said the “intelligent” line runs parallel with the primary fence, and is complete with a sensor system as well as thermal and traditional cameras. Between the two lines there is a trench with a road for border police.

Bakondi also said that the government would add 38 billion HUF (123m EUR) to the interior ministry’s budget for further reinforcement of the Hungary-Serbia border.

Migration pressure on Hungary’s southern borders is not likely to ease, Bakondi said, and suggested that some 80,000 migrants were waiting in the Balkans to travel on to Europe.