In their Monday edition, daily paper Magyar Hírlap reported that György Bakondi, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, had told them that the ten-kilometre experimental “smart fence” has been so successful that illegal border crossing has practically stopped on that section.

The smart fence is a second line of defence complementing the original border security barrier; it is equipped with an intelligent signalling system, and thermographic and traditional cameras. There is a vehicular access trench between the parallel fences, which are of strengthened welded lattice construction. Sensors placed on the fence at intervals of 10–15 centimetres will emit an alarm signal if someone touches them, Mr. Bakondi said.

He added that the Ministry of Interior’s budget will be increased by HUF 38 billion in order to strengthen the Serbian-Hungarian border section.

According to Mr. Bakondi, pressure on the Hungarian border is not expected to ease in the future. Estimates show that some 80,000 migrants are currently present in the Balkans.

We are witnessing a permanent, illegal, organised – and at times violent – mass migration movement, with a huge reservoir of potential future migrants in Asia and Africa, Mr. Bakondi said. He also pointed out that the majority of migrants are victims.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)