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Hungary To Tackle Illegal Migration

By Tamás Székely // 2014.10.20.

Further joint action needs to be taken to combat illegal migration and human trafficking – Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér said on Friday in Budapest following a three-party meeting with his Austrian and Serbian counterparts. Minister Pintér met Johanna Mikl-Leitner Austrian and Nebojsa Stefanovic Serbian Ministers of Interior to discuss possible action against human trafficking and illegal migration.

The meeting was followed by a press conference at which Minister Pintér said that illegal immigrants are a serious problem in Austria, Serbia and Hungary, adding that in 2013 the number of people who crossed Hungary’s borders illegally was between 24 and 26 thousand. According to the Hungarian Minister of Interior, all refugee camps are full and tents in the Nagyfa camp need to be replaced by containers before the onset of winter.

Sándor Pintér reminded those present that there are more than six thousand asylum seekers who – according to Hungarian and EU standards – come from safe countries. These people are sent back to their countries of origin. But at the same time, people who come from Syria are treated as refugees and are catered to accordingly. The Hungarian Minister of Interior asked Hungary’s population, and especially those who live in the neighbourhood of refugee camps, to be tolerant with these people, because they did not come to Hungary on their own accord, but fled wars and atrocities.

Prior to the press conference, Ministers Pintér and Mikl-Leitner signed an updated version of readmission agreement between the two countries, according to which Hungary is ready to take back illegal migrants who arrived in Austria from Hungary and their cases will be heard by the Hungarian courts.

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