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Migration pressure has grown significantly on the Hungarian-Serbian border after a lull in the spring due to the coronavirus epidemic, Zsolt Halmosi, deputy head of the Hungarian police, said on Thursday.

Halmosi told a press conference in Röszke, a border town in southern Hungary, that half of all migrants detained on the European Union’s external borders in recent months have been apprehended on the stretch separating Hungary and Serbia.

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This year, some 18,000 persons tried crossing illegally the Serbian-Hungarian border, and the number of people smugglers arrested this year has grown to 207, the highest since the 2015 migration crisis, he said.

Border patrols discovered 16 tunnels, complete or incomplete, under the border fence this year, Halmosi said.

In response, the authorities are reinforcing the fence’s outer perimeter and building a mesh barrier underground, he said.

Hungary has closed its transit zones in compliance with the ruling of the European Court of Justice, Halmosi noted. The 330 migrants housed there had been transferred to open centres, he said, noting that “the majority did not wait for the asylum procedure to be concluded”. At present, only 16 migrants are still housed at the open facility, he said.

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Chief Medical Officer Cecilia Müller told the same press conference that uncontrolled migration poses “an extreme danger” to Hungary’s “excellent” public health and epidemiological status. Most of the migrants’ countries of origin are classified as “red”, or high-risk regarding the coronavirus epidemic, she said. Even Hungarian entrants from those countries are carefully monitored, she noted. The entry of illegal migrants may lead to hotspots of the epidemic cropping up in Hungary, she said.

Source: MTI

  1. It was very interesting to watch yesterday’s press conference on television.

    Zsolt Halmosi – a senior member of Hungary’s police force – informed reporters (in Hungarian) that there has been a ‘significant’ increase in attempts by ‘illegal migrants’ – over 18,000 so far this year – to enter the E.U. via Hungary from Serbia.

    Furthermore, he mentioned that on Wednesday, August 5, a group of about 100 such ‘illegals’ tried to break through Hungary’s border at Röszke, with 30 actually climbing onto the border fence.

    When these attempts proved unsuccessful, several ‘illegals’ exposed their genitals in front of Hungarian police (who were standing in Hungary behind the border fence) and then made hand movements – on those genitals – that could only be interpreted in one way.

    In popular usage, the word ‘SCHMUCK’ means a stupid fool or obnoxious / contemptible / detestable person. However, its literal meaning in the original Yiddish is for a primary male sexual organ.

    The ‘illegal migrants’ who want to enter the E.U. via Hungary are nothing but of a bunch of ‘schmucks’
    in every meaning of that word.

  2. God bless all migrants. Hungarians should remember that they are the migrants of not that many years ago. Remember 1989 ?

  3. 1989 was truly an auspicious year in European history.

    In May that year, Hungary started dismantling border fortifications with Austria.

    A month later, the foreign ministers of Hungary and Austria cut through a section of barbed wire that had separated their countries for decades.

    By the end of September, East Germans were allowed to cross through Hungary into West Germany.

    The Soviet Union ceased to exist soon afterwards.

    However, perhaps the most important event that year was when a long-term psychiatric patient called MARIO underwent electric shock therapy in an attempt to prevent him from having continual delusions.

    Unfortunately that failed and we are all now living with the results.

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