Orbán says he will extend fence along Croatian border

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Goričan/Letenye border crossing, adjacent to the Zrinski Bridge on the M7. (Photo: Wikipedia)

The Hungarian government is planning to erect a border fence along a “certain point” of the Hungarian-Croatian border, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said yesterday in a joint interview with Die Presse, Le Figaro Die Welt and others.

The Goričan/Letenye border crossing between Hungary and Croatia, adjacent to the Zrinski Bridge on the M7. (Photo: Wikipedia)

This would add to the network of fences that currently divides Hungary from Serbia and that is now being extended along Hungaryʼs border with Romania.

“Human traffickers determine the route and not the people. The aim is clear: Germany and Scandinavian countries, and sometimes Austria on the map of Afghans. It is obvious that the route is not going through the Hungarian-Serbian border. They will be going on other routes. Therefore we decided to build a fence on the Romanian border, and we will erect a fence on a certain point of the Croatian border as well,” the prime minister was quoted saying. He added that he discussed the issue with the Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér, and plans have already been made for the fence.

Orbán reportedly said he believes that the “real power” is not in the fence itself but in the new laws and the deployment of police officers and soldiers on the border.

When asked whether he was satisfied with the fence on the Serbian border holding refugees back, he said that the word “satisfied” is “being avoided in Hungarian politics. Who can say that we are satisfied, when countless migrants are arriving who need to be stopped? Satisfaction is for the Rolling Stones.”

Orbán did say the fence did what it was supposed to: “We set up an aim that we were able to achieve,” he said.

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