By virtue of the fact that shortly after its formation the left-wing Italian government re-opened ports to boats carrying migrants, it has created further threats not only for Italy, but for the entire continent as well, the Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister said on Kossuth Radio’s programme Good morning, Hungary on Wednesday.

György Bakondi said the number of migrants arriving in Europe has increased, partly because following its formation the new left-wing Italian government re-opened ports to the boats of non-governmental organisations that cooperate with people smugglers who transport illegal immigrants.

As a result, the influx which appeared to be unstoppable before the Salvini era has resumed, he said with reference to former interior minister Matteo Salvini’s stringent immigration policy.

On the public service television news channel M1, the chief security advisor said people in Brussels and Italy are increasingly taking the view again that Italy cannot be expected to cope with illegal migrants on its own; they need the solidarity of EU Member States, and the new arrivals must be automatically distributed.

He said the flow of migration into Europe and the EU approach to migration are making the compulsory taking in of migrants in masses and their distribution on the basis of quotas “a marked threat”. Hungary does not support this approach, and does not agree with any quota-based distribution, he stated.

The chief security advisor also highlighted that the Balkans migration route is becoming more active, the number of migrants coming from Turkey to Greece is evidently on the increase, and departing from the main routes leading via Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia, migrants are “experimenting” with different routes ever more frequently. This, at the same time, requires more attention on the part of the Hungarian border guarding agencies.

In Mr Bakondi’s view, the more intensive use of the Balkans route could be related fundamentally to the setting in of the autumn period as the path to the Greek islands leads via the sea, and with the advent of cold weather, passage is becoming even riskier than at present.

It is further remarkable, he added, that senior Turkish politicians pointed out that unless they receive further assistance from the EU, they will revise their present migration policy and will let migrants heading for Europe into the EU in larger groups.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)