The country’s leaders, who have consistently attempted to clamp down on the influx with methods including building two walls, are pushing for more protection of external borders and demanding asylum requests should be carried out outside the European Union.
György Bakondi, the chief Security Advisor to the prime minister Viktor Orban, said: “Illegal migration will remain a significant issue this year and the situation could in fact worsen in 2017.”
The official said that the security situation, which he insists has developed as a result of unregulated migration, remains a danger within the EU and in transit countries. He added when this was coupled with the ongoing fight against Islamic State, there would be a dangerous increased threat of terrorism across Europe.
He said: “In this situation the Hungarian standpoint is firm: the external borders of the European Union must be protected and hotspots for the evaluation of asylum requests must be established outside the EU.”
György Bakondi said the security situation in the EU an d transit countries will remain a risk
Mr Bakondi said illegal migration is continuing along the Balkan route and from Libya towards Italy. The former route has seen some reduction in the number of migrants, while an increase has been observed on the latter route.
The external borders of the European Union must be protected
He said: “Alternative routes have also developed: towards Bulgaria along the land border between Turkey and Greece, and via Montenegro, Romania and Ukraine. Migration has not reached mass levels along the latter two routes.
“In my view, the EU measures are insufficient to stop illegal migration, including the setting up of a joint EU border and coast guard.
Violent crime and acts of terrorism have become more prevalent within the EU.”
Mr Bakondi told reporters that according to figures from the United Nations, 361,000 people arrived in the European Union last year – 200,000 in Italy and the rest on the Greek islands.
According to figures from the United Nations, 361,000 people arrived in the European Union last year