On Wednesday György Bakondi, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, told public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió that recruitment of the three thousand police officers who will support border protection efforts will start on Thursday.
Bakondi said that he has not yet received information on how many people are applying for these duties, but every year the number of applicants to the police academy is several times its intake capacity. Therefore the Government hopes that in this case also there will be many applicants, and that there will be many able people among them.
The Chief Security Advisor said that the pool of potential migrants is “immeasurably large”: huge numbers of people are setting off from African and Asian countries, and people smugglers are exploiting the opportunities in this trend.
He pointed out that illegal migrants are keeping the Hungarian borders under constant pressure, primarily at the Serbian section. He added that an average of one hundred people per day are aggressively attempting to enter Hungary illegally.
Bakondi also said that threats are presented by the uncertainty of the EU-Turkey agreement and the situation in Libya – from where thousands of migrants are setting out every day. The Government has sought solutions to these problems, he explained, and it has decided to extend the state of emergency in Hungary in order to be able to protect the EU’s external border.
Source: Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI
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