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Apr 24, 2017

Migrant crisis is worsening along people-smuggling route in Balkans

Traffic along the Balkan people-smuggling route has increased, according to Hungary's chief security advisor

Traffic along the Balkan people-smuggling route has increased, according to Hungary's chief security advisor.

Gyögy Bakondi said that according to information from neighboring countries there seems to be a noticeable increase in movement, and illegal immigrants are now not only attempting to enter the EU via the Hungarian-Serbian-Romanian triple border, but also via several other territories.

Bakondi said that several new routes have also emerged, with some people trying to reach the west via Croatia and Montenegro.

The Hungarian government said recently that there are organized groups of migrants being sent to Europe, adding to the migrant crisis.

Bakondi said the way migrants are arriving shows patterns of organization. Asylum-seekers are primarily coordinated by people smugglers and other groups, he added.