Director-General of the Office of Immigration and Nationality Zsuzsanna Végh said at a press conference that “last year was an extraordinary one; Hungary experienced unprecedented migration pressure”.
In an address given at a Saint Thomas Becket Memorial Day conference in Esztergom on Tuesday, Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér said that what is at stake regarding the planned distribution of migrants across Europe is preservation of national sovereignty and sense of identity. “Only those may enter Hungary whom we want to enter”, he stressed.
On Thursday, Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér told the Hungarian news agency MTI that the Counter-terrorism Centre (TEK) did an outstanding job on Sunday when it prevented a potential deliberate or accidental explosion from happening in densely-populated areas of the capital. Mr. Pintér said that “My trust in Brigadier General and Head of the Counter-terrorism Centre János Hajdú and his colleagues is undiminished”.
On M1 television channel’s Wednesday morning show, Parliamentary Minister of State at the Ministry of Interior Károly Kontrát said that Hungary has shown an example by protecting its southern border, and more and more countries have started to follow the Hungarian model.
The problem of mass migration to Europe can only be successfully resolved through international cooperation, the Interior Minister said when he addressed the fifty police personnel whom Hungary is sending to Slovenia to contribute to the efforts aimed at the protection of the EU’s external borders.
When receiving Polish border guards who had arrived to protect the Serbian-Hungarian border section, Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér said that without the protection of external Schengen borders, European law, justice and freedom are at stake in internal regions.
In Szeged on 5 November 2015, Hungary's Minister of Justice László Trócsányi said that the ongoing migrant crisis has found Europe unprepared.
The Visegrád countries have set an example of cooperation in the management of illegal immigration, the Interior Minister said at the Rapid Response Police Unit.
The Hungarian State “cannot ever let a single one of its citizens down again”; it is the duty of the State to protect every one of its citizens from murderous intent, external enemy and internal treason, Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér said in Budapest before the Medals of Honour for Bravery and the Righteous Among the Nations medals were handed over in recognition of assistance rendered at the time of the Holocaust.
The Government of Hungary will resort to all available remedial options under law to prevent the enforcement of a mandatory EU quota system in response to migration, the Minister of State of the Ministry of Interior stressed at his press conference held in Eger on Wednesday.