Hungarian police spent 408 billion forints (EUR 1.26bn) for border control from 2015 until June 2019, daily Magyar Nemzet said on Saturday, citing National Police Headquarters figures.
Spending on border control amounted to 11.3 billion forints in the first half of 2019, much less than previously. Within that, the costs of managing mass migration made up about 7 billion forints.
The paper attributes the decline to the one-off costs of stepping up border controls, including the construction of a border fence along the Serbian border, in 2015, when the wave of migrants peaked.
Back in the autumn of 2017, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán asked the then president of the European Commission for Brussels to cover half of Hungary’s border control costs since the migrant crisis. Government spokesman István Hollik said in February this year that the European Commission had recognised one-tenth of the costs but had failed to pay “a single penny to date”, the paper said.
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