Hungary is one of the safest countries in the world, in large part due to its immigration policies

Hungarian police contingent leaving for Serbia. (MTI/Márton Mónus)
By John Cody
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Hungary is one of the 20 safest countries in the world, while neighboring European countries that support mass immigration have seen thousands of lives lost due to terror attacks, said Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior Bence Rétvári during a farewell ceremony for police officers leaving to help police the Serbian border.

He noted during the ceremony that “in Hungary, the proportion of those who believe that they may become victims of a violent crime is 5 percent, while in Sweden this proportion is already 60 percent.” Sweden, known for its high levels of immigration, has seen an explosion of violence from its foreign population in recent years, including from criminal clan groups, and a record number of shooting murders.

“The once-admired Western model nations are powerless in the face of migration pressure, and they are losing their national identity, so they no longer have anything to integrate immigrants into,” noted the state secretary. 

He also told the contingent of 31 policemen, who are being sent Serbia for a month to assist the local authorities in border protection tasks, that the Hungarian people have voiced their opposition to mass immigration in numerous polls and surveys.

“The last national consultation clearly showed that 99 percent of Hungarians oppose the creation of migrant ghettos,” he said, referring to the highly concentrated areas in Western cities that feature high migration populations and no-go zones for police.

Hungary has made border protection a top priority, and the officers being sent to Serbia to help police the border help keep Hungary safe.

He added that “thanks to international cooperation, migration pressure in southern Serbia has decreased. Previously, 60 percent of illegal immigrants crossed the border with northern Macedonia and 40 percent crossed the Bulgarian border, but this proportion has now been reversed.”

“This also means that those who are detained by the authorities in these areas no longer reach the Hungarian-Serbian border,” he said, adding that where there is strong law enforcement action, migration is significantly reduced.

According to European Union (EU) figures, last year 400,000 people entered the EU, but this figure only includes those known to the authorities, which Rétvári believes could be significantly higher.

Rétvári recalled that although the Eastern European countries protecting the Schengen border are making serious efforts, in Germany and France, where most migrants want to go, illegal immigrants are receiving more and more benefits to stay. In Germany, for example, the new so-called migration law has in recent months provided 54,000 illegal immigrants who did not have any documents when they arrived in the EU a residence permit valid for a year and a half.

In Sweden, the police recently had to pay compensation when several protesters were injured in riots organized by Syrians as a result of official measures. In France, a French family was attacked and killed by illegal immigrants during a farmers’ demonstration criticizing the management of migration, Rétvári said.

Rétvári also noted that aiding illegal immigration is a huge business, with individuals paying on average HUF 5 million (€13,000) to be taken into the Schengen zone. He added that Hungary’s role holding the rotating EU presidency in the second half of the year will allow it to act more pointedly against illegal immigration.

“Starting from July, Hungary holds the EU presidency, which provides wider opportunities, as we can ‘negotiate with greater influence’ in several formations, including the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council,” said the state secretary.

“For Hungary, the primary tasks include the protection of borders and the suppression of illegal immigration, and joint tasks with Serbia have already proven that this is possible,” he pointed out. In his opinion, if the EU dealt with the issue in the same manner, with strict observance and enforcement of the laws, then migration pressure would not exist in Europe.

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