The government shuts down illegal immigration, it builds a 175-kilometer long, 4-meter-high fence along the Hungarian-Serbian border

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The government has instructed the interior minister to immediately start preparations of sealing off the Hungarian-Serbian border.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said currently illegal immigration is the most serious challenge facing the EU, which severely affecting Hungary as well.

The plan is to build a 175-kilometer long, 4-meter-high fence along the Hungarian-Serbian border where most illegal immigrants enter into the country. Szijjártó emphasized that by building the fence Hungary doesn't break any international law.

Szijjártó emphasized that the Hungarian decision is not unique. In this context, Szijjártó referred to fences built on the Greek-Turkish and Bulgarian-Turkish border; he also mentioned some Spanish cities that protect themselves from North African immigrants by fences.

The Cabinet also ordered the interior minister to carry out the necessary preparatory legal work and classify all EU and all EU-candidate states as safe countries.

On July 1, there will be a Hungarian - Serbian joint government session where the Hungarian government will inform the Serbian side about the details of the measures Hungary has taken to stop illegal immigrants coming into the country Szijjártó said.

Since the beginning of the year more than 57 thousand people crossed the border illegally and hundreds arriving daily; most of them Afghan, Syrian and Pakistani citizens said the Director-General of Immigration and Nationalization in a Kossuth Radio interview on Wednesday.

Csongrád county police reported that in the early hours of Wednesday 390 illegal immigrants have been apprehended at the southern part of the country. The largest group has been arrested in the outskirts of Ásotthalom Wednesday morning; most of the detainees are Afghan, Bangladeshi, Somali, Syrian, Pakistani, and Congo citizens.

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