Kovács: Hungary remains ready to ‘protect borders’



Hungary has “the technical conditions and the necessary forces to protect the country’s borders”, in the event that the routes of “illegal migration” change, government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács said late yesterday in an interview on state-owned all news channel M1, kormany.hu reported this morning.

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According to the spokesperson, one of the “potential threats” is that a “permanent settling quota” would lead to “migrants” and their families settling in Hungary in a quantity equal to “the population of Szeged”, kormany.hu reported. He reportedly added that another 40,000 people are likely to be sent back to Hungary by foreign authorities.

The spokesperson once again stressed that the Hungarian government is not willing to take back “migrants” who “did not first enter the Schengen Zone” in Hungary. Kovács added that there is “no single EU document” that would “stipulate that member states must accept mandatory settling quotas”. He said that “tens and hundreds of thousands, or even millions of people will be coming here, without permission, without documents and without any kind of regulation”, kormany.hu reported.

“We believe that Europe is, in this sense, full already at this point in time, and we must quickly put an end to what is happening on the borders which as yet remain unprotected, and we must also reconsider the EU’s entire migration and refugee strategy”, Kovács said, according to kormany.hu.


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