Hungary could be hit by an even larger wave of migration than last year
OREANDA-NEWS. September 06, 2016. “If the agreement between Turkey and the European Union isn’t adhered to then an even larger wave of migration than last year could reach Hungary before winter sets in”, the Prime Minister’s Chief Advisor on Homeland Security Gy?rgy Bakondi said.
“Significant activity is being experienced along the various migration routes. The Greek islands are practically full of illegal immigrants in view of which they have begun transporting them over to the continent, which could increase pressure on the Serbian-Hungarian border”, Mr. Bakondi highlighted prior to an event relating to the 2 October referendum.
The Chief Advisor emphasised that the Hungarians would be the first on the continent to voice their opinion on Europe’s handling of the migration situation. “They will be able to state whether they would like to live together with large numbers of migrants sent here from the Brussels headquarters who have arrived with unknown intent and whether they wish to experience similar social changes as those recently seen in Belgium, France or Sweden”, he said.
According to Mr. Bakondi, Europe is facing threats from several directions with the threat of mass illegal migration from the south; there are one million people in Libya alone waiting to get to Italy. In addition, the war between Russia and Ukraine is causing uncertainty in the east, while in the west the exit of Great Britain from the EU could weaken the security of the European Union.
The Chief Advisor noted that Hungary is currently safe, there are very few migrants in the country and the number of migrants submitting asylum requests is perhaps a few hundred, but a responsible government must prepare for all unexpected situations, including the establishment of new migration routes. As examples, he cited the increased activity experienced at the triple border between Serbia, Romania and Hungary and the fact that increasing numbers of migrants are also arriving via Bulgaria.
He also noted that the Hungarian Government is maintaining solidarity with all countries who are defending against illegal immigration and is accordingly also assisting them by providing manpower and fence elements.
At the forum, Mr. Bakondi told those present that the 2 October referendum would not be about the future of the EU, but about protecting the economic power, identity and prosperity of the European Union.