Migration pressure on Hungary keeps growing, 80,000 illegal crossings recorded in 2021

Soldiers patrol the Hungarian-Serbian border near Hercegszántó, southern Hungary. (MTI/Tibor Rosta)
By Dénes Albert
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Hungary has experienced a continuous wave of migration pressure in 2021, with the number of illegal border crossings exceeding 80,000 this year, more than three times that of last year, György Bakondi, the prime minister’s chief domestic security adviser said Sunday night on national television’s M1’s news channel.

During the great wave of 2015, many migrants came from Turkey to the Greek islands. Now, this route has diminished in importance after surveillance and enforcement at the sea border was strengthened. Migrants have responded by heading directly to the Italian islands, and migratory pressure on Greece has intensified at the land border, he said.

Furthermore, migrants are being transported from the Greek islands to the mainland in order to end the congestion on the islands, who in turn immediately set off on the Balkan routes to Western Europe. In addition, the Bulgarian-Turkish border has seen a resurgence of illegal traffic, the expert said.

Bakondi stated that effective border protection requires a strong system of technical barriers, a proper legal environment and intensive patrols, and all the while instead of offering assistance, the European Union is attacking Hungary’s effective migration policy.

According to the security advisor, pro-immigration forces are active, especially in the European Parliament. They talk openly about the fact that those who have been received must be resettled and given citizenship and the right to vote.

At the same time, according to the Hungarian government, the illegal mass influx by criminals does not serve to replace the labor force, but only ideological and political purposes, the expert said, noting that this is why the Hungarian government is under political attack.

However, in the opinion of the government, help should be provided where the problem exists, for example in the case of Afghanistan in the neighboring countries, instead of bringing migrants to Europe, Bakondi said.

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