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Gov’t Expects Rise in Migration Pressure, Beefs Up Border Protection

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.06.05.

Hungary is deploying more and more troops and border guard personnel to patrol its borders due to an expected rise in migration pressure, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday.

The authorities stopped 430 illegal migrants from entering the country this past weekend, Gergely Gulyás said at a regular weekly press briefing, adding that all sections of the border had seen illegal entry attempts.

The economic fallout of the novel coronavirus epidemic has driven many to try to seek employment in Europe, Gulyás said, warning that the continent must avoid a wave of mass immigration after the pandemic subsides. He said the European Union could only be effective in tackling illegal migration if it made it clear that it would support all member states in protecting the bloc’s external borders.

As regards the tourism sector’s prospects for the summer, he said it was worthwhile travelling to domestic tourism spots and urged the public to keep an eye on international travel regulations when considering trips abroad.

Hungary is in favour of reopening its borders with every country that has a similarly low infection rate, Gulyás said, adding that the authorities were doing their best to provide up-do-date information on the status of the epidemic abroad.

Featured photo illustration by Tibor Rosta/MTI