Following the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács told public news channel M1 that the Government will increase the amount allocated for the construction of the temporary border barrier and for the temporary placement of migrants by HUF 22.2 billion.
On Tuesday Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács told national news channel M1 that by the end of the year as many as 250–300,000 immigrants might have arrived in Hungary, which is why the country needs the security barrier on its southern border.
According to Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács, an overwhelming majority of the over one million respondents in the national consultation on immigration agree with the questionnaire’s statements.
The Government decided on the construction of two types of border fence at its Tuesday meeting; the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defence will build an almost four-metre-tall fence on the sections of the border which can be easily penetrated, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office informed the press at a press conference held during the break of the cabinet meeting.
The Government will initiate an amendment to the Penal Code in order for illegal migration to qualify as a criminal offence, rather than as a misdemeanour, János Lázár, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office said at the press conference “Governmentinfo 17 – What does the Government do and why?” which he held jointly with State Secretary for Government Communications András Giró-Szász.
The European Parliament recognises the efforts made by the Government in the past five years; all support is available for the operation of a development system in Hungary which will make Hungary the region’s most competitive economy by 2020, the Deputy State Secretary for Development Policy Communication at the Prime Minster’s Office said.
Deputy Prime Minister for Nation Policy Zsolt Semjén announced on Wednesday in a statement given to Hungarian News Agency MTI that the total number of naturalisation requests has reached 750 thousand, and 700 thousand people have taken the oath of citizenship.
The State Secretary for National Policy at the Prime Minister’s Office is working towards the restoration of relations between the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ) and the Hungarian Democratic Federation in Ukraine (UMDSZ) which deteriorated some twenty years ago.