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Hungary: Illegal Entry Attempts on the Rise – 4,200 Detections in First Two Weeks of January Alone

Authorities revealed that 4,200 people have attempted to enter the Hungarian border since the beginning of the year.

According to a press release issued by the Cabinet Office, the number of illegal border crossings has increased by 1,000 since the same period last year.

In addition, Chief Security Adviser Giorgi Bacondi revealed that most of these cases were aided by people smugglers while there were also cases where migrants made attempts in organized groups of 40 or 50 to enter the country, reports.

“The attempts over the past two weeks were fierce and were carried out repeatedly in groups,” Bacondi stressed.

He also noted that the Hungarian and Serbian border forces organized joint patrols on both sides of the border last month under the recent Interior Ministry agreement. Referring to data from the European border agency Frontex, Bacondi said the most common way to reach Europe is via the Central Mediterranean route, including Italy and Spain, and is mostly used by African migrants.

Previously, the Hungarian government revealed that it occupies an anti-mass immigration position. Moreover, the authorities of the Central European countries approved the “Stop Soros” regulation, named after the Hungarian philanthropist George Soros, who was accused of promoting an agenda of mass immigration with open borders.

Although the EU Court decided that the law passed in 2018 does not comply with EU rules and principles and, therefore, is illegal, the Hungarian authorities continue to insist on their position.

“We all know that for the Brussels bureaucracy, the thorn in the flesh has been the fact that we have criminalized the promotion and facilitation of illegal immigration, because we do not want foreign NGOs to regulate illegal immigration to Europe,” Justice Minister Judith Varga said in response to the EU court ruling in November last year, in today’s ruling, the court stated what we had never thought of: Hungary should in practice support human trafficking.

According to the latest report published by the European Border Agency, the Western Balkan route, including Hungary, saw a 125 percent increase in illegal lanes throughout 2021, bringing the total number of detections to 60,540. The agency also noted that the majority of illegal border crossings Legal can be traced back to people who have been in the area for some time and who have repeatedly tried to reach their target country in the European Union.

As Bacondi noted, the central Mediterranean remains the most offensive route for illegal migration activities, with 65,362 detections recorded in 2021 – an 83 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, the top nationalities entering the European Union via this route include Tunisians, Bangladeshis and Egyptian migrants, the latter representing a sevenfold increase compared to 2020.

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