“217 illegal border crossers were apprehended on the territory of Hungary between Friday and Sunday”, according to a statement by the National Police Headquarters.
According to the statistics published on the Police website, 75, 65 and 56 migrants were apprehended on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and were accompanied back across the Serbian-Hungarian border by police and border guards on duty at the border. 21 illegal immigrants were apprehended within the 8-kilometre border zone and along other external stretches of the border. Proceedings were launched with regard to eight people suspected of people trafficking, including Polish, Serbian, Afghan and Romanian citizens.
According to the new regulations that came into force on 5 July, illegal immigrants who are apprehended within an 8 kilometre zone of the Serbian or Croatian borders are accompanied back to the closest gate along the border security fence and directed to the nearest transit zone. Those who can be proven to have crossed or damaged the border security fence, or who are suspected of people trafficking, continue to be the subject of criminal proceedings, while immigration proceedings are being launched with relation to people apprehended along the Romanian and Ukrainian stretches of the border.
Last week, 414 migrants were apprehended and accompanied back in the vicinity of the Serbian-Hungarian border while during the previous week from 11-17 July this number was 292. Only a few illegal immigrants-a-day are apprehended along other stretches of the border or further inland, the police summary states.