Hungary Asks EU to Partially Pay for Its Border Fence Costs

Hungarian authorities revealed that the number of attempts to cross the border illegally daily is currently 319, compared to 97 in the same period one year ago.

The increase in the number of people trying to enter Hungary illegally has the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Gergeli Golias, urging EU authorities to cover at least one part of the costs of the country’s border fence, TheSchengen.com reports.

According to MTI, the Prime Minister also stressed that the migration pressure on European countries is increasing, and is expected to continue to increase.

“It would be good for the European Commission to shift from supporting immigration to supporting external border protection because if we don’t want to destabilize Europe during the pandemic and economic recovery, we need effective border protection, which requires approval,” he said.

In addition, he stressed that migration pressures are increasing as a result of the current situation in Afghanistan and Belarus.

“At the moment, the European Commission is unfortunately in favor of immigration,” he noted.

TheSchengen.com previously reported that about 7,300 Afghans applied for international protection during July, representing a 21 percent increase in the number of applications compared to June’s figures.

On the other hand, EU leaders recently accused the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, of causing unrest within the region.

When asked by EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson about his immigration support comments, Golias stressed that each country must decide if it needs migrants.

“Hungary has always been tolerant and does not think that it should tell other member states how to make a decision on the issue of immigration,” he said.

In an effort to tighten control of the EU’s Schengen border in southern Hungary, a total of 50 police officers from the Czech Republic have arrived in the central European country.

In this regard, the Deputy Chief of National Police, Janos Kocek, confirmed earlier that the protection of the southern borders provides security throughout Europe.

Koçek revealed that while 7,000 people tried to enter Hungary illegally in 2019, the number rose to 46,000 over the past year. Besides, the number of people who tried to enter Hungary in the first nine months of this year reached 90,000.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban previously confirmed that 4,500 officers guard the fence in this country, making it among the largest expenditures in the country’s law enforcement budget.

Orban stressed that the European Union did not provide any financial assistance to this country in order to cover these costs.

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