The Hungarian government continues to do everything it can in the interest of the people’s security, and continues to protect the borders, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister said at a press conference held on Wednesday in Budapest.

György Bakondi said since 2012 more than 300 people had died and over 1,500 people had been injured in terrorist attacks committed by Muslim illegal immigrants. Despite the strenuous efforts made to monitor those who are already in Europe, yet another serious terrorist attack took place on Tuesday in Strasbourg, he added.

He stressed that the government will continue its current policy, and will do everything in its power in the interest of the people’s security.

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Károly Kontrát, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry of Interior, said with the advent of the holidays, the police are cooperating with the civil guard forces, the municipal law enforcement authorities and municipalities in the interest of guaranteeing security, and there is increased police presence in busy locations and venues, as well as in subways, at markets and in shopping centres.

On public premises there is an ongoing patrol service reinforced with police and crime investigation personnel, while in shopping centres and at fairs there is a mobile guard service. At major events and fairs concrete blocks and oversized wooden boxes prevent vehicles from entering. The military police are cooperating with the police in securing the four metropolitan advent fairs, he said.

He added that at present there are 160 Christmas fairs around the country.

Mr Kontrát highlighted that, thanks to the measures implemented by the government, Hungary is one of Europe’s safest countries, and Budapest is one of its safest capitals. He said the government is doing everything it can to guarantee the safety and security of Hungarian families also during the period leading to the holidays.

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Regarding migration, Mr Bakondi said the three main routes lead through Spain, Italy and Greece. Up to 1 December some 59,000 people arrived via the Spanish route which represents a 127 per cent increase compared with last year’s corresponding period. Almost 23,000 people have arrived via the Italian sea route in 2018, representing an 80 per cent year-to-year decrease, which indicates that it is indeed possible to stop illegal immigration also on the sea route, he stated. Almost 30,000 people have arrived via the Greek route, an 8 per cent increase on last year.

He also said that up to 30 November on the Hungarian-Croatian border section 139 people attempted to cross the border illegally, on the Serbian section there were 22 prohibited border crossings and 5,400 attempted entries, 1,600 of which were foiled, while in 3,800 cases the illegal migrants were shown back to the border.

The chief security advisor said despite the fact that now the main migration route leads through Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia, these numbers indicate that the Hungarian-Serbian border continues to remain under major pressure. This year from the direction of Romania there have been 163 illegal border crossings, while from Ukraine 58 people have attempted to cross the border illegally.

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He said the EU seeks to legalise mass and illegal immigration, to dismantle the national regulations preventing the influx of migrants, to put under political pressure the countries which are opposed to their pro-migration immigration policy, and to centralise affairs now falling within national competence.

He also highlighted that the development of the common European asylum system has reached an advanced stage. This system would serve to create the conditions for legal mass immigration and would withdraw powers from nation states.

Mr Bakondi said in the context of the bank cards provided for migrants that the anonymity of the bank cards is objectionable, so is the funding behind the bank cards.

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Regarding the European Parliament’s Tuesday decision on the humanitarian visa, he said the EP does not even observe its own rules. He added that the UN’s migration compact outlines aspirations that “strikingly resemble” those of the EU, and both documents ooze the “intensive activities” of organisations funded by George Soros.

He also indicated that, due to objections, the idea of the common European border and cost guard agency will not be implemented.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)