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Jan 30, 2017

Migrant crisis worsens as largest number of illegal border crossers recorded over weekend

192 attempts to illegally cross the border were registered on Friday, of which 159 were prevented and 33 migrants were accompanied back across the border. On Saturday, 178 people tried to enter Hungary illegally

This weekend has seen one of the largest number of illegal border crossers along the Serbian stretch of the border, it has been revealed.

György Bakondi, the chief security advisor to the prime minister, said that despite the efforts of the European Union's member states, the migrant crisis is getting worse.

According to Bakondi, 192 attempts to illegally cross the border were registered on Friday, of which 159 were prevented and 33 migrants were accompanied back across the border. On Saturday, 178 people tried to enter Hungary illegally.

“Immigration is occurring en masse and is persistent, illegal and organized, and often violent, in addition to which huge numbers of migrants are waiting in Asia and Africa," he said.

Bakondi also criticized the EU for not enforcing its own Schengen rules and protecting its borders.

Over the past year and a half, more and more powers have been ceded to Brussels, which in turn has initiated measures against member states that have their own asssement of the migrant crisis, he said.

According to MTI, Bakondi noted that Hungary’s position on setting up hot spots for migrant inspections outside the EU’s borders had just recently been backed by the German interior minister.

He underlined the importance of repatriation of migrants. There should be uniform deportation rules for people who reside in Europe illegally, Bakondi said, adding that the issue of binding quotas should be swept off the table.

Bakondi further noted that individual member states had started to put protective measures in place, including strengthening their police forces and secret services.

Describing the migrant situation in Hungary, Bakondi said that 2,693 people attempted to illegally cross to the country since Jan. 1 this year, 1,399 of whom had been stopped and the rest taken to transit zones.

There are currently 804 migrants staying in refugee centres in Hungary, Bakondi added.