Illegal migrants have “surrounded Europe”, making their way to the continent along routes through Italy, Spain and the Balkans, the prime minister’s chief domestic security adviser told public news channel M1 on Thursday.
Illegal migrants have also reached Germany through a new route via Belarus and Poland, György Bakondi said. Hungary has sent thousands of police officers to Serbia, Slovenia and North Macedonia over the past year, Bakondi said. They have so far detained 23,000 migrants, he said.
International cooperation is key in detecting and eliminating people smuggling rings,
he said. Noting a continued flow of migrants from Africa, Bakondi called talks between the Visegrad Group, the Hungarian prime minister and the Egyptian president in Budapest this week highly significant.
Meanwhile, the commanders-in-chief of the Visegrád Group countries on Thursday
signed a joint declaration, pledging to cooperate to strengthen a stable and safe Europe.
Major General Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi, commander of the Hungarian Armed Forces, told a press conference after the meeting that the armies of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia would cooperate more tightly to adapt to the dangers posed by hybrid and non-traditional warfare, as well as in cyber protection.
Polish commander-in-chief Rajmund T. Andrzejczak praised the Hungarian army’s committment to modernisation and its approach to migration and the “situation in Afghanistan”. The three-day meeting was held between October 12-14 in Balatonakarattya, western Hungary. Slovak and Czech army chiefs Daniel Zmeko and Ales Opata also attended. On Wednesday, the V4 leaders had talks with Ukrainian army commander Valerii Zaluzhnyi.