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Hungarian Police Detain Thousand Illegal Immigrants During A Single Day

Tamás Székely 2015.02.09.

The Hungarian Police detained 1,022 illegal immigrants during a single day at Hungary’s southern border with Serbia, a local police spokesman said on Sunday. A total of 991 of them were Kosovar nationals, 18 were Afghans, seven Iraqi, three Cuban, two Syrian and one a Somali national. The biggest group, 157 Kosovars and eight Afghans, were apprehended at  noon on the outskirts of Ásotthalom. All the migrants applied for asylum.

On Friday last week, 1,269 illegal immigrants were detained along the same border section. Meanwhile in Budapest, police detained 133 undocumented Kosovars on Saturday and another 121 on Sunday on international trains at Keleti railway station, the communications department of national police confirmed.

Last Monday 250 Kosovar migrants travelling without travel documents were taken down from a Munich-bound RailJet train at a railway station in the city of Győr, western Hungary. The migrants, many of them children, were asked to produce their IDs, which they were unable to do. The migrants left their native Kosovo hoping to get to Germany. The weekend before 683 people in 88 groups were caught by police in Bács-Kiskun county after their attempt to illegally cross the border between Serbia and Hungary.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI; cover photo: Zoltán Gergely Kelemen – MTI; gallery photos: MTI