Aug 05, 2016

Migrant Crisis: Hungary welcomes international guest police officers

151 international guest officers have been received this year and 42 are staying in Hungary at the moment

The National Police Headquarters (ORFK) has revealed that there are currently 42 guest officers supporting Hungarian efforts to stop illegal migration.

Following the introduction of both Slovakian and German police officers helping to support Hungarian officers in recent weeks, Hungary is working with regional partners to combat the migrant crisis.

In a statement, the National Police Headquarters wrote that as part of the so-called “flexible” operational activities that are organized on the Hungarian-Serbian border by the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex), in the second half of August, a number of German guest officers will indeed arrive in Hungary, and will be deployed here for a month.

The exact number of the contingent is yet unknown. Currently, two German officers are on duty n Hungary.

The police said that Frontex operations are on-going in Hungary. This year, 151 international guest officers have been received and 42 are staying in Hungary at the moment.

The majority of them – 20 out of 22 Austrians – arrived at the end of July and on August 1. Apart from them, Romanian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Polish and Italian guest officers, and Serbian observers are also assisting the police in their work.

In its response, ORFK also mentioned that in addition to Frontex operations, based on a bilateral agreement, 25 Slovak police officers are supporting border protection tasks in Bács-Kiskun County.

As part of the Visegrád Cooperation, reinforcement is expected from the Czech Republic from the beginning of September and Poland has also offered its assistance, the police pointed out.