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Jul 26, 2016

Illegal immigrants will be stopped at the borders

Protests aiming to pressure the Hungarian government into opening up its border will not succeed

The Hungarian government will not be pressured into opening up its borders to migrants, György Bakondi, the prime minister’s chief domestic security advisor, has said. 

The comments came in light of the growing number of illegal immigrants marching on the Hungarian border to break through the security lines in protest.

However, Bakondi pointed out that these protests are not legitimate marches for freedom by needy asylum seekers but are organized by certain civic groups aiming to pressure the Hungarian government into opening up its border “and letting everyone through” to Austria. “This is not going to happen,” Bakondi stressed.

More than a hundred, of the 300-400 total migrants, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, planned to start a hunger strike in protest of Hungary’s tightened border rules.

However, none of the 130 migrants who arrived on Sunday have submitted asylum requests to Hungarian authorities, Bakondi said.

A total of 166 people attempted to cross Hungary’s southern border illegally between Sunday and Monday, indicating that the migration pressure there is unlikely to ease anytime soon, he added.