More than a thousand border-violators were arrested by police over the weekend and more than 300 people were prevented from entering Hungary illegally. The migration situation is getting worse near the Hungarian-Serbian border.
In total, police arrested 617 border violators on Saturday and 433 on Sunday, according to Police.hu. In addition, 206 people were prevented from illegally entering Hungary on Saturday and 127 on Sunday.
The illegal migrants detained over the weekend identified themselves as Afghan, Algerian, Indian, Chinese, Moroccan, Pakistani, Palestinian, Syrian, Turkish, and Tunisian nationals, but could not provide any credible proof of their identity or the legality of their stay in Hungary.
According to public news channel M1, Hungarian authorities had taken action against almost 150,000 illegal migrants by mid-August, far more than in the whole of last year. The most serious problem is in the Western Balkans, where the number of illegal border crossings has tripled compared to the same period last year,” they wrote. According to Hirado.hu, the situation in the Vajdaság (Vojvodina, Serbia) is unsustainable, with several towns close to the Hungarian border, including Zombor (Sombor), Szabadka (Subotica) and Nagykikinda (Kikinda), “invaded by migrants.”
“They lie on our doorstep, they eat here, and they throw the garbage and leave it here. They steal our crops, insult us. The situation is unbearable. Everyone is afraid of them,” complained a local woman. Locals told the Hungarian public television’s correspondent that children have not been allowed to go out alone for a long time, but now the situation is so bad that even adults are reluctant to go out after dark.
“There are a lot of migrants and every day there are more and more people. They smash shop windows, they attack us, they fight with knives, there are constant fights in the reception center. It’s frightening,” said one woman in despair.
According to Hirado.hu, as soon as they arrive, the mostly Middle Eastern men in their twenties immediately contact traffickers.
“We plan to leave in three days via Hungary to Germany, Italy, or France. I heard that the Hungarian border is heavily protected, but we will try anyway,” said an Afghan migrant.
Migrants at the Hungarian border often violently attack police, soldiers, and each other, Hirado.hu reported. The crisis is exacerbated by the fact that smugglers also defend their own territories with live firearms.
M1 reported that in Slovenia, where the pro-migration government has decided to dismantle the border fence, police have dealt with 80 percent more illegal immigrants in the first seven months of this year than a year ago.
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