Budapest, August 21 (MTI) – By protecting its own border, Hungary is also guarding Europe’s external border and thereby “doing everything” to safeguard the people of Europe, the prime minister’s chief security advisor told public radio on Sunday.
György Bakondi told Kossuth Radio that the importance of border controls and the upcoming referendum on European Union mandatory migrant quotas cannot be measured by the number of migrants currently in the country. The chief consideration is that EU rules must be obeyed, he said.
From the start of the migrant crisis Hungary was on the receiving end of many attacks due to the measures it put in place, he said. At the same time, the situation has changed in the meantime: every European government has sensed the change of mood among their citizens and has since taken a defensive stance, he insisted.
It is not only the Visegrad Group that has had enough of uncontrolled migration in European territory, but lots of other countries think similarly, he said, adding that bolstering domestic security is a must.
Bakondi also said that Hungary has never given in to any kind of blackmail, whether it is demonstrations, violent illegal border crossings or any other threat. Neither will it ever do so, he added.
The outcome of Hungary’s stricter measures are that border crossings have dwindled from several thousand a day last spring to an average of around one hundred today, he said.