“According to the Government, migration must be handled as a security issue”, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister said on M1 Hungarian television’s Friday evening current affairs program.

“Security policy issues relating to migration have emerged in every country in Europe recently”, György Bakondi highlighted, explaining that “public safety and security have worsened throughout Europe with the arrival of the migrants”. “300 people have lost their lives as a result of terrorist attacks alone, and the level of ordinary crime has also increased significantly”, he added.

“The Hungarian Government has from the very beginning represented the standpoint that migration must be handled as a security and border security issue”, Mr. Bakondi stressed, pointing out that Hungary is not interfering in any European country’s wish to accept migrants for economic reasons. “But if a member state can decide to accept migrants, then member states should also have the right to decide that they will not accept migrants”, he noted.

Mr. Bakondi compared the article published on Friday by news portal Index to when transit zones were compared to concentration camps. The article claimed that Hungary’s security fence along the Hungarian-Serbian border was being electrified.

The Chief Security Advisor declared that the fence was not electrified and such a move had never even been considered. An alarm system is being fitted that will immediately alert border security personnel if the fence is cut or damaged, enabling them to immediate respond and go to the location of the incident, he explained, but stressed that the system employs “an extremely low level of electricity” and people who cut through the fence would not even be aware of the fact that there was an electric current in the wires.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)