Hungary will continue to enforce its legal migration policy to protect the European Union.
According to György Bakondi, the chief security advisor to the prime minister, Hungary will stick to its migration policy because "it is convinced that it is acting in a legally correct manner and the border protection system not only serves the security of Hungarian citizens but that of all European citizens."
Bakondi announced that Hungary will be appealing the recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, after it deemed two asylum-seekers from Bangladesh were unlawfully detained in a transit zone on the southern border in 2015 and then expelled.
Hungary also acted in full accordance with the law when deciding on these asylum requests, and the expulsion occurred only after the Hungarian authorities were fully satisfied that Serbia was a safe third country, Bakondi said.
The two Bangladeshi complainants were represented by the same Helsinki Commission that “in all of its manifestations acts as an organization that supports migrants” and participates in every possible forum to attack Hungary’s migration policy," he said.
Bakondi said that 7,204 people have attempted to cross the southern border illegally so far this year, 4,472 were successfully intercepted and 2,740 were prevented from crossing the border.
He also said that the Hungarian authorities had received 1,134 requests for asylum in the past two and a half months, following 30,000 last year. 2017 people have been granted international protection so far in 2017, while 13 people were granted asylum, 36 subsidiary protection and 5 admitted status.