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Aug 14, 2018

Spain and Greece don't maintain Schengen border controls, says security advisor

György Bakondi says other member states are compelled to maintain controls in the interest of their countries' security.

Hungary's chief security advisor has revealed that the Schengen border controls are not enforced in either Spain or Greece, therefore other member states, including Austria and Germany are compelled to maintain controls in the interest of their countries' security. 

György Bakondi commented on data published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which states that the largest number of migrants and refugees have arrived in Spain. 

Bakondi said that the Schengen regulations apply to Spain and Greece which should mean that the external borders of the European Union cannot be crossed without checks. 

The chief security advisor said that those who are not entitled to enter should be required to leave, and as a result, there would be no need for controls on the internal borders. "This is not the case either in Spain or in Greece," he added. 

Bakondi indicated that the majority of migrants arriving in Spain move on to France, and from there to Britain or Germany. In his view, this means a “misinterpretation” of asylum. 

He also highlighted that Italy had demonstrated that it was possible to control sea borders as well, and this had immediately resulted in a fall in migration at the Italian coastline.