The number of migrants entering Hungary illegally are growing

Monday, February 22, 2016

A surveillance drone monitoring the Hungarian-Serbian border near Mórahalom. February 22, 2016. Photo: Kelemen Zoltán Gergely / MTI

From Friday to Sunday 501 illegal immigrants have been detained by police reported the National Police Headquarters on Monday.

According to the police website, on Friday 113, on Saturday 151 and on Sunday 237 illegal immigrants have been apprehended by border guards.

In the first few weeks of the year an average of ten migrants entered into the country illegally per day; but at the end of January and the first few days of February, almost seventy migrants entered into the country illegally.

According to the prosecutor's office most of the migrants identified themselves as Kosovars and Turks; but a large number of them came from North Africa and some from as far as Haiti and Sri Lanka.

Szeged District Prosecutor's Office has launched criminal proceedings against 1325 migrants since last September for illegally crossing of the border, and in three cases for damaging the border fence.

At the same time, Serbia has announced that starting on Monday migrants can enter into the country only with stamped certificates that include photograph issued at the Macedonian-Greek border; in addition, migrants can only use a single entry point at Preševo ​border ​crossing.

Serbian police emphasized that Serbia's borders have not been closed, only tightened the entry checks; from now on, migrants can enter the country only with valid travel documents.

According to Serbian Police Chief Vladimir Rebic, currently, 120-150 economic migrants staying in Serbia who can't continue their trek towards Croatia. These people can do two things, either they ask for refugee status or return to the country from which they arrived in Serbia.

Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian, Slovenian and Austrian police chiefs agreed on Thursday in Zagreb that they join forces and make migrants register at the Macedonian-Greek border to avoid the need for unnecessary deportations. These measures slow the arrival of migrants to Europe.

(MTI –


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