Due to the increasing migration pressure, state secretary at the ministry of defence Szilárd Németh has convened the anti-immigration cabinet of the governing Fidesz party’s parliamentary group for Monday.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Németh described the migration situation on Hungary’s southern border and the West Balkans as very serious, dangerous and a warning to all.
Németh said that almost 100,000 migrants are gathering on the West Balkans and although “the situation is still under control”, it is “beginning to look like the big crisis in 2015,” and if the migrants are “let loose on the Hungarian border, there could be big trouble, and we must prepare for that possibility”.
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This is why it is important, he said, that the “state of crisis” in connection with mass migration was extended in September as it provides the necessary legal basis for the protection of the border.
It is also important, Németh added, that the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights has declared that confining migrants to the transit zone does not equal imprisonment, thus, “everything that the pro-migration opposition has said about either the transit zone or the state of crisis in connection with mass migration has been proved false”.
The West Balkans is key to the security of Europe and Hungary, the politician said, noting that this is why the government supports the accession of the countries of that region to the European Union and NATO.
Fidesz’s anti-immigration cabinet was established in October 2018. The cabinet’s 17 members are MPs from all over the country.
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György Bakondi, chief domestic security advisor to the prime minister, told public radio on Sunday morning that over 11,400 migrants had attempted to enter Hungary illegally from January to November this year as against 5,400 in the corresponding period of last year.
At present there are more than 106,000 registered migrants along the Balkan route, not to speak about the huge number of illegal arrivals.
In the featured photo: state secretary Szilárd Németh. Photo by Attila Kovács/MTI