Migration could be stopped were there appropriate political will to do so, György Bakondi, the prime minister’s chief internal security advisor, said in Budapest on Tuesday.
During the coronavirus pandemic, European states took very strict border control measures, which resulted in reduced traffic along the Spanish, Italian and Balkan migration routes, Bakondi said. As soon as the restrictions were lifted, migration restarted and traffic surpassed that in the same period last year, he said.
Regarding the Hungarian situation, Bakondi said that so far, there have been 10,805 attempts at illegal entry on the southern border this year. More than 2,000 were thwarted, and in over 8,000 cases, entrants were escorted back to the other side of the border fence on the Hungary-Serbia border, he added.
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