No migration route may pass through Hungary

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

According to the Prime Minister’s Chief Advisor on National Security, the migration route could change, but the Government will do everything possible to ensure that it does not pass through Hungary.

On M1 Hungarian Television’s Wednesday morning programme, Mr. Bakondi said there is no apparent circumstance that indicates a reduction in the rate of migration. According to the latest figures, over 62 thousand immigrant arrived in Europe in January, which is several times more than in January of last year.

Mr. Bakondi also noted that Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria had all introduced significant restrictions. Only Iraqi, Syrian and Afghan refugees are now being admitted, and only if they state that they wish to apply for asylum in Austria or Germany.

There is no responsible politician in Europe today who does not emphasise the importance of protecting Europe’s external borders, the Chief Advisor said, adding that Greece has also made several promises to conform to regulations in addition to which, in Europe, important steps have been taken to tighten immigration regulations and to increase the powers, forces and equipment of law enforcement and secret service organisations.

Mr. Bakondi said the establishment of a second line of defence along the Macedonia-Greek and Bulgarian-Greek borders is a valid option, adding that he hoped substantive decisions on the topic would already be made at the February session of the Council of Europe.

“We must do everything possible to ensure that illegal migration is stopped at the European Union’s borders, and primarily at the external Schengen borders”, the Chief Advisor declared.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)


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