Nearly 49,000 illegal border-crossers and 387 human smugglers have been stopped in Hungary this year. Illegal migration is still a heavy burden on the state.
György Bakondi, the Prime Minister’s Chief Internal Security Advisor, told public radio that migrants and human smugglers had put significant pressure on Hungary’s borders.
Some 12 percent of prisoners in Hungary are serving time for human smuggling, totaling 2,048 people from 73 countries,”
he reported. “It is the people on the fringes, the really big criminals who are the movers of the networks, who do not even come close to the border and cannot be caught,” the advisor noted.
Bakondi stressed that Hungary cooperates with Austria, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia on border protection and also tries to cooperate with Frontex, the EU’s border control agency. “There seems to be no change in the position of the European Union, neither in terms of funding nor in terms of legal support,” he pointed out.
On Monday, the county prosecutor’s office reported that a whole arsenal of weapons was found in the possession of an Albanian man who was trying to cross the Serbian-Hungarian border at Röszke. In the car, 17 submachine guns, two carbines, two pistols, 15 cartridges, and 10 rounds of ammunition were found.
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