The Hungarian authorities apprehended nearly 122,000 illegal entrants and over 1,200 people smugglers last year, György Bakondi, chief security advisor to the prime minister, told public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió on Wednesday.
Bakondi noted 45,000 entered Hungary illegally in 2020. In the first days of January alone, 860 border violators have been detained, he said.
“Migration routes into Europe continue to be busy,”
Bakondi said, adding that “the countries protecting the European Union’s external borders” were under enormous pressure.