“Police apprehended 162 illegal border crossers within the territory of Hungary between Friday and Sunday”, the National Police Headquarters informed Hungarian news agency MTI on Monday.

According to the statistics, which are also available on the Police website, 53, 49 and 17 foreigners who were residing illegally within the territory of Hungary were apprehended by police on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. 44 migrants were apprehended along the Hungary’s border with Romania and Ukraine. Three people were charged on suspicion of people smuggling.

According to the new legislation that came into effect on 28 March this year, foreign nationals who are in Hungary illegally may be apprehended by police and escorted back to the border barrier providing they are not suspected of having committed a crime.

261 migrants were apprehended within the territory of Hungary during the past week and accompanied back to the border by police. During the previous week from 7 August to 13 August, this number was 221. A total of 134 migrants were caught attempting to illegally cross the Romanian and Ukrainian borders last week, the police report states.