According to the Hungarian Prime Minister, the Austrian Chancellor and the Serbian President, Europe’s migration protection line should be moved further south, preferably to the Serbian-North Macedonian border, the Prime Minister’s chief advisor on internal security said.
György Bakondi made the statement after Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic held talks on migration issues in Budapest at the Hungarian-Austrian-Serbian Summit.
The chief adviser said that the three countries would make joint efforts to strengthen border security on the Serbian-North Macedonian border if a shift of the security line further south could be achieved.
He also said that the three countries would take joint action to return illegal migrants to their countries of origin. There was also talk of setting up “hotspots” outside the EU borders where migrants could apply for asylum, he said.
Cooperation is all the more necessary because all three countries are on the frontline of migration and the biggest migration pressure since 2015 is being felt this year, he said. As an example, he said that 188,000 border infringements have already been recorded on Hungary’s southern border this year, which is two and a half times more than last year.
In this situation, the three countries decided not to wait for the European Union but to work out a joint solution to curb migration. They hope that this will serve as an example for the EU and lead to changes in the EU’s migration policy, he added.
The diplomatic process is expected to continue with policy preparation at ministerial level, followed by the conclusion of international agreements between the three states, said György Bakondi.
Via: MTI ; Featured photo: Viktor Orbán Facebook