Budapest, September 10 (MTI) – The number of migrants waiting at Budapest’s Keleti railway station has reached 2,000, Tibor Lakatos, a senior officer of the national police, told a press conference on Thursday.
Lakatos said the police were working to direct the illegal migrants to reception points of the immigration office.
Answering a question, Lakatos said that some 1,000 police officers were working along the Hungary-Serbia border in the south. He said that since January this year, nearly 176,000 illegal entries had been reported, and proceedings had been initiated against 1,014 people smugglers. On Wednesday alone, 3,000 immigrants crossed the border illegally.
Attila Kiss, deputy head of the immigration authority, said that immigrants had filed a total 161,884 asylum applications this year. He added that 2,030 immigrants were currently staying at reception centres.
On Wednesday, refugees were allowed to take westbound trains at Keleti station in limited numbers. Many of them were reported to get off at Hegyeshalom and cross the Hungary-Austria border on foot.