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Hungary convenes anti-immigration cabinet as border crisis looms

Hungarian state secretary at the Ministry of Defence, Szilard Nemeth has convened a Fidesz anti-immigration cabinet for Monday. Nemeth described the migration situation on Hungary’s southern border and the West Balkans as very serious, dangerous and a warning to all at a press briefing this week.

Published: December 7, 2019, 8:10 am

    Budapest

    Fidesz’s anti-immigration cabinet was established in October 2018. The cabinet’s 17 members are MPs from all over the country.

    Almost 100 000 migrants are massing in the West Balkans and although “the situation is still under control”, it is “beginning to look like the big crisis in 2015,” he said.

    If these migrants are “let loose on the Hungarian border, there could be big trouble, and we must prepare for that possibility”. This is why it is essential, he said, that the “state of emergency” in connection with mass migration was extended in September as it provides the necessary legal basis for the protection of the border.

    It is also important, Nemeth underscored, that the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights has declared that confining migrants to the transit zone does not equal imprisonment, thus, “everything that the pro-migration opposition has said about either the transit zone or the state of emergency in connection with mass migration has been proved false”.

    The West Balkans is key to the security of Europe and Hungary, the politician said, noting that this is why the government supports the accession of the countries of that region to the European Union and NATO.

    Gyorgy Bakondi, chief domestic security advisor to Prime Minister Viktor Orban, told public radio on Sunday morning that over 11 400 migrants had attempted to enter Hungary illegally from January to November this year as against 5 400 in the corresponding period of last year.

    At present there are more than 106 000 registered migrants along the Balkan route, excluding the huge number of illegal arrivals.

    Orban said in London on Wednesday that NATO has acknowledged for the first time that mass migration from the south poses a security risk that the alliance must address.

    Speaking to Hungarian public media on the sidelines of the summit marking the alliance’s 70th anniversary, Orban said NATO membership had always been important to Hungary, noting that it joined the alliance in 1999.

    NATO membership is also “an important element of identity” to the Christian “nationally minded” forces, the prime minister said, noting that it was under his first government that Hungary joined the military alliance.

    Since then, the world has seen the emergence of new challenges, Orban said, naming mass migration and the security risks that come with it, such as terrorism, as examples.

    He said NATO had already accepted in the past that mass migration was a threat but had never considered it one of the biggest challenges facing the alliance.

    “This has now changed,” Orban said. The prime minister called it a “major step” that NATO has acknowledged the need to address the issue of mass migration from the south.

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      Hungary has a very proper right to be concerned about mass migration. Per media reporting, there are already up to 100,000 illegal migrants in Europe either headed toward the border of EU countries with the Balkans, or moving toward it. Hungary and Croatia are on the front line of this new migrant route (actually a bundle of individual routes) running from Greece northward through the Western Balkans. The Hungarians have already had a number of attempts by illegals to tunnel under their border fence, or find other means of illegal entry. Greece has been frustrated by the EU and the pro-migration lobby in its efforts to better secure its borders. Meanwhile, Turkey has at least 3.5 million so-called “refugees” in its territory that it could unleash on the European continent, through the Balkans. There could certainly be a repeat of the 2015 “Walking Jihad”. Or worse.

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