Hungarian authorities have prevented more than 54,000 people from crossing the border illegally since the start of this year and have prosecuted more than 500 smugglers, said Chief Security Advisor György Bakondi.
According to him, these figures mark a huge increase compared to the same period a year earlier, when a total of 17,000 illegal immigrants were arrested by police in Hungary and 200 smugglers were prosecuted.
“Human trafficking is a thriving business” Bakondi pointed out, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Earlier this week, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that “As long as we are in government, no illegal immigrant will set foot in Hungary. “
Minister Szijjártó shared a video posted by FOX News host Tucker Carlson, recorded in Hungary. In the video, Carlson highlighted the country’s government decision to erect a border fence along the southern borders of the central European country. “In the face of great international pressure” to respond to the 2015 migration crisis.
According to Clason, that “The wall had effectively put an end to illegal migration in the country”.
During Clarson’s visit to the Hungarian-Serbian border, he said he saw police on the Hungarian border politely handling two Syrian migrants and escorting them back to Serbia.
However, Hungary has often been criticized for the way it treats asylum seekers. Moreover, for the same reason, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) suspended its operations in this country at the start of the year.
Frontex’s decision came after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling in December, which noted that Hungary was violating EU law by pushing asylum seekers and migrants back to Serbia across the border Hungarian-Serbian.
Besides Hungary’s problem with the increase in the number of illegal border crossings, Lithuania is also facing an increase in the number of illegal migrants from Belarus, which has led the Lithuanian authorities to declare the state of emergency.
Such a situation is the result of increased tensions between the European Union and Belarus.
In this regard, Chief Security Advisor Bakondi referred to the situation at the Lithuanian-Belarusian border, stressing that the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, recently Lithuania and “deviating from the usual position” of Brussels , had encouraged countries to properly guard their borders.
Earlier, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed that the Hellenic Republic understands Lithuania’s experience with migrant issues, while stressing that Greece will support Lithuania to tackle migration issues at the external borders of the country. country with Belarus.