Ásotthalom, Hungary, 05.07.2016.
MTI Fotó: Kelemen Zoltán Gergely
164 illegal border crossers were apprehended on the territory of Hungary between Friday and Sunday, according to a statement by the National Police Headquarters.
According to the statistics published on the Police website, 63, 54 and 23 migrants were apprehended on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and were accompanied back across the Serbian-Hungarian border by police and border guards on duty at the border. 24 illegal migrants were apprehended within the 8-kilometre border zone and along other external stretches of the border.
According to the new regulations that came into force on 5 July, illegal migrants who are apprehended within an 8 kilometre zone of the Serbian or Croatian borders are accompanied back to the closest gate along the border security fence and directed to the nearest transit zone. Those who can be proven to have crossed or damaged the border security fence, or who are suspected of people trafficking, continue to be the subject of criminal proceedings, while migration proceedings are being launched with relation to people apprehended along the Romanian and Ukrainian stretches of the border.
Last week, 224 migrants were apprehended and accompanied back in the vicinity of the Serbian-Hungarian border, while during the previous week from 25-31 July this number was 411. Only a few illegal immigrants-a-day are apprehended along other stretches of the border or further inland; in the first week of August this number amounted to 95, the police summary states.