EU pledges €8 million to help Hungary with immigrants


The European Union has agreed to provide Hungary with €8 million in financial assistance to help the country manage the inflow of immigrants, European Commissioner for Migratory Issues Dimitris Avramopulosz told reporters in Budapest today at a joint press conference with Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Péter Szijjartó. 

Szijjártó said that the migratory pressure on the country is unprecedented, and will result in an extra HUF 15.8 billion in budgetary expenses in 2015. Since January 1, 67,082 migrants have entered Hungary, out of which 66,541 came through the Hungarian-Serbian border, the minister added.

Szijjartó also said that Hungary was not in favor of the new proposal of establishing immigrant hotspots – temporary registry centers where the European Asylum Support Office, Frontex and Europol will work on the ground with frontline Member States to swiftly identify, register and fingerprint incoming migrants. 

Asked about Hungaryʼs unilateral efforts to address the situation, such as plans to build a fence on the Serbian border, Avramopoulos said: “Unilateral solutions will only shift the problem to the next neighbouring country. It will not solve it.”

“This challenge can only be met if we are together,” said Avramopoulos. “But this doesn’t mean that we have the right to deprive member states from (pursuing/adopting) their own policy.”


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