A total of 50 Czech police officers arrived in Hungary’s capital in order to help protect the European Union’s Schengen borders in southern Hungary.
According to the Deputy of the National Police Chief, János Kuczik, protecting the southern borders offers security in the whole of Europe, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Kuczik has brought the issue of migration into the spotlight, stressing that the current migration pressure is a serious security threat for European countries.
The police officer pointed out that protecting the southern borders plays an essential role in the country’s efforts to fight illegal migration.
Based on the figures provided by Kuczik, a total of 7,000 people attempted to enter the country illegally in 2019, while the number rose to 46,000 during last year. As for this year, the number of people who attempted to reach the Central European country illegally during the first nine months of 2021 reached 90,000.
In addition, he stressed that a total of 915 legal proceedings had been initiated against human smugglers during this year, or three times as many as those registered during 2020.
Kuczik stressed that police officers in Austria and Serbia are also cooperating with Hungarian police in order to deal with the current migration situation.
The decision to tighten its country’s border controls comes after the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán previously stressed that the country would soon face migration pressure on its southern border, as according to him, citizens from Afghanistan attempt to reach European countries through this route.
Orbán’s comments came after visiting the country’s common border with Serbia, with his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis.
The Hungarian Prime Minister stressed that while a large number of people are attempting to ensure safety in the inner parts of Europe, “Brussels is betraying Hungary and the European people,” as reported by Hungary Today.
In addition, he stressed that Hungary is protecting Europe while adding that he hopes Brussels’ plan to permit a larger number of Afghan citizens to enter European countries would be thwarted.
Orbán stressed that a total of 4,500 officers are protecting Hungary’s fence, making it among the biggest expenses in Hungary’s law enforcement budget, while he added that without the border fence, a large number of migrants would have reached Schengen Zone countries. The Prime Minister emphasized that the EU did not financially help the country in order to cover these costs.
In August, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that authorities in Hungary banned the entry for more than 54,000 people who attempted to cross the country’s borders in an unlawful way since the start of this year and prosecuted more than 500 smugglers during the same period.
Such data was confirmed by the Chief Security Advisor György Bakondi, while he stressed that such numbers marked a notable increase compared to the same period last year’s figures when 17,000 illegal migrants were detected by the police officials in Hungary, and 200 smugglers were prosecuted.
In this regard, a recent report of the European Union Border and Coast Agency (FRONTEX) shows that as of 23,630 people, sought to enter European countries illegally during September, marking a 17 per cent increase compared to the same period 2019 figures.