“The make-up of migrants and the migration routes they are choosing have both changed”, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister György Bakondi highlighted on Hungarian M1 television’s Wednesday evening current affairs program.
During the “peak” in 2015 a significant number of migrants set out for Europe because of the conflict in Syria. The vast majority of people are now arriving from Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, there are very few Syrians, Mr. Bakondi said.
“There is a special responsibility on the shoulders of the parties negotiating the UN’s migration package and the EU reform of the Dublin Regulation, because if the idea that migration is good and should be encouraged wins out, then the 15 million internal refugees and people in need of humanitarian aid living in the immediate vicinity of the European Union could easily decide to set out for Europe”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in a telephone statement to Hungarian news agency MTI from Sofia. Mr.
“As it has done so far, in future Hungary will continue to do everything possible to close all loopholes before illegal immigration and the groups and organisations that are organising it”, Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács declared on Monday in Brussels.
“We agree with the UN’s food and agriculture organisations (FAO, IFAD, WFP) that people living in rural areas in developing countries must be given assistance on site to help them find their livelihoods and not be forced to leave their homes”, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Minster of State for Public Administration Andrea Gulyás stressed on Monday at a press conference in Budapest to mark World Food Day.
“It is in the interests of both Hungary and Europe for the Balkan migration route to remain closed, and in view of the fact that Macedonia is a country of key importance in this regard, we are cooperating with those Macedonian forces that are practicing this policy”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a press conference in Ohrid.
The construction of the school in the Iraqi city of Erbil, which is being funded within the framework of the Government’s Hungary Helps programme, is progressing according to schedule. Construction of the high school for refugee children from Iraq and Syria is being realised on a 3800 square metre plot owned by the Chaldean Church in the Lebanese Village district of Ankawa, Erbil’s Christian quarter. Fighting against the Islamic State terrorist organisation was going on just 50 kilometres away from the site until very recently.
“The two most important tasks of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are the eradication of poverty and famine, a prerequisite of which is to make economic and natural resources available to everyone”, Minister of Agriculture Sándor Fazekas stressed on Monday in Budapest at an informal regional meeting of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
“Nineteen illegal immigrants were apprehended on the country’s territory from Friday to Sunday”, the National Police Headquarters informed Hungarian news agency MTI on Monday. According to the statistics, which have also been published on the police.hu website, six, nine and two foreign nationals who were in Hungary illegally were apprehended on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and accompanied back by police to the other side of the temporary border security fence. Two migrants were caught along Hungary’s borders with Romania and Ukraine.
“Hungarian state aid will this year again be making it possible for seven hundred Ukrainian children, whose fathers died or were wounded in the armed conflict in the Donets Basin, to vacation in Hungary together with a companion”, Minister of State for Churches, Minorities and Civil Affairs Miklós Soltész announced on Friday in Kiev at a press conference held jointly with Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Social Policy Natalya Fedorovich.
According to the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, traffic along the Balkan people-smuggling route has somewhat increased.
Speaking on M1 Hungarian television’s Saturday evening current affairs program, Gyögy Bakondi said that according to information from neighbouring countries there seems to be a noticeable increase in movement, and illegal immigrants are now not only attempting to enter the EU via the Hungarian-Serbian-Romanian triple border, but also via several other territories.
“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”, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister said.
Sixty-nine illegal border crossers were apprehended between Friday and the Sunday on the country’s territory, the National Police Headquarters informed Hungarian news agency MTI on Monday.
“The number of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers in Hungary decreased last year, but we cannot uphold the illusion that the problems will be solved”, Director General of the Immigration and Asylum Office Zsuzsanna Végh said at a press conference in Budapest.
“Migrants are continuously arriving in Serbia along the Balkan migration route, and from there are moving on towards Hungary”, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister said on Hungarian M1 television’s Sunday evening current affairs program. Citing UN figures, György Bakondi said that there are some 7300-7500 migrants in Serbia, from where migrants are moving towards the Hungarian border “with increased activity”.
285 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, 78, 110 and 88 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. 9 illegal migrants were apprehended within the 8-kilometre border zone and along other external stretches of the border.
“Last year’s figures show that, although to a lesser extent than in 2015, the Hungarian-Serbian border is still under permanent pressure”, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister said.
György Bakondi emphasised: “There have been 1142 attempts to illegally enter the country along the Hungarian-Serbian stretch of the border so far this year, which is at least the same order of magnitude as last year, despite the cold weather and the fact that countries to the south are implementing more intensive protection”.
György Bakondi, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, has said that in 2016 the pace of migration has slowed in comparison to the previous year.
At his Monday press conference, Mr. Bakondi said that the slowing trend can be attributed to the closure of the Balkan route, the EU-Turkey deal and nation states’ protection mechanisms.
Mr. Bakondi said that the measures first initiated and then introduced by Hungary – including strict border protection and the construction of the security border barrier – are receiving increasing acknowledgement in the EU.
174 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, 33, 16 and 122 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. 24 illegal migrants were apprehended within the 8-kilometre border zone and along other external stretches of the border.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that he does not rule out the possibility of being forced to face challenges this autumn similar to those of last year on the Balkans migration route.
In Belgrade on Monday, after talks with Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vučić, the Prime Minister said that “We must prepare for a difficult autumn”.
On Thursday, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry of Human Capacities Bence Rétvári told public television channel M1 that unaccompanied minors are being transported from the Fót children’s home to Western Europe by people smugglers in an organised manner.