Over 312,000 migrants entered Hungary illegally so far this year
Budapest, October 5 (MTI) – So far this year police have rounded up 312,111 migrants who entered Hungary illegally, a spokeswoman of the national police headquarters said on Monday.
Some 5,925 people crossed the border on Sunday, including 43 from Serbia and 5,878 from Croatia, Viktoria Csiszer-Kovacs told public news channel M1.
Since the introduction on Sept. 15 of legal amendments making illegal border crossing a criminal act, police have taken criminal proceedings for illegal border crossing in 542 cases and in 21 cases for damaging the border fence, she added.
Attila Kiss, the deputy director of the immigration office, said that 176,168 people submitted a request for asylum since the start of the year. Some 80 percent of them were men, including 51 percent aged between 18 and 34. The immigration office also registered more than 8,600 requests by minors without an accompanying adult since the beginning of the year, he added.