Budapest, July 27 (MTI) – Five Algerian and two Moroccan migrants escaped from a detention centre in Kiskunhalas, in southern Hungary on Tuesday evening, the prime minister’s chief security advisor said on Wednesday.
György Bakondi told a press conference that police have caught three of the migrants and know the whereabouts of two others. The guards discovered that the migrants were gone while taking roll after having thwarted an escape attempt by another Algerian national, he said.
He said Hungary’s new border regulations introduced at the beginning of the month have strengthened the protection of the country’s southern border and reduced the occupancy rates at refugee reception centres.
Bakondi welcomed the help offered by Austria and the Visegrad Group countries in patrolling Hungary’s southern border. The improved international cooperation in border protection has also made crackdowns on human smuggling rings more effective, he added.