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Pressure from illegal migrants on the southern border of Hungary is increasing, the Prime Minister’s chief advisor on internal security stressed on public television channel M1 on Thursday. György Bakondi said that in this situation, the government is striving to strengthen border security on the Balkan route as far as possible from the borders of the European Union and Hungary.
This is the aim of the Hungarian police contingent on Serbia’s southern border as part of international cooperation, he added. He said that there are five million migrants in Turkey, and more and more are heading to North Africa from inside Africa and from there to Europe. As a result, Turkey and Greece are also building a wall on their eastern borders.
György Bakondi stressed that
unlike in previous periods, migratory pressure has not decreased during the winter, partly due to the mild weather and partly because of the increasing organization of smuggling networks.
Their dismantling can only be achieved through international cooperation, the advisor emphasized.
On Wednesday, police contingents left Hungary for North Macedonia and Serbia. During their farewell, they stressed that Hungarian police are committed to preventing illegal migrants from entering Hungary and the European Union. To this end, in addition to their tasks on the territory of Hungary, they also support border police activities in the Western Balkan countries.
According to a report published on Police.hu, Hungarian police officers’ main tasks are patrols to prevent and detect illegal border crossings and to assist in the apprehension of human smugglers and illegal migrants.
The officers will be on duty not only in the immediate vicinity of the border, but also on roads in low-lying areas, it was announced.
The contingents will support the protection of the border section with off-road service vehicles, hand-held night vision devices, hand-held thermal imaging cameras, and mobile thermal imaging cameras.
The 30 Hungarian police officers serving in the contingent in North Macedonia and the 30 police officers serving in the contingent in Serbia will carry out their duties with their own equipment, and will exercise their authority to take action under the direction and supervision of the host country’s law enforcement agency, Police.hu reported.
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