Hungarian government prolongs emergency due to migration

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 2.9.2017 23:51

The Hungarian government, on the recommendation of the Interior Minister from 30 July, has decided to extend the state of emergency until March 2018 due to migration. The Prime Minister's chief security adviser said the establishment of other migration routes has increased pressure on Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia.

However, according to a spokesman for the Supreme Prosecutor's Office, the number of crimes related to migration has dropped sharply from almost 2,500 in 2016 to 83 in the first eight months of this year. Most cases have previously been related to illegal border crossings, which is, in the case of Hungary, about 100 people a day. Nowadays, the majority of cases involve human traffickers. According to the government, these are the consequences of new legislation and increased security measures and border controls. Hungary also built fences at the borders with Serbia and Croatia which allegedly protect the rest of the EU from illegal migration and has therefore asked the European Commission for a cost contribution of 400 million euros. This demand was rejected by the European Commission on 1 September, since, according to the statement, solidarity with the affected states by migration should be reciprocal. The Germangovernment has expressed serious concerns over Hungary's asylum system and currently suspends returns of asylum seekers back to Hungary.

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