Hungary: border fences cut immigration by 99%

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As opponents of President Trump’s border wall continue to claim that his proposal to fight illegal immigration is a waste of money and will not prevent unlawful entry by aliens into the United States, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Chief Security Advisor György Bakondi recently revealed that the country’s border fence had cut illegal immigration by 99 percent in two years.

The border fence is so effective that the European Union is threatening to sue the Hungarian government for refusing to accept its allocated share of what they call ‘refugees’ (who are in fact economic migrants) arriving in Europe.

“The system of technical barriers is the key to the success of border security, and without it, it would be impossible to stop the mass arrival of immigrants,” Bakondi said on Friday during a press conference to mark the second anniversary of the closure of the Hungarian-Serbian border.

According to government figures, illegal immigration has fallen off a cliff since 2015. While the number of illegal immigrants entering the country reached 391,000 two years ago, only 1,184 have successfully made it onto Hungarian soil so far this year.

The Hungarian government was forced to act after German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared in September 2015 that “the right to political asylum has no limits on the number of asylum seekers.” As shown below, Hungary used to be a primary route for illegal immigrants into the European Union.


Because of the threat posed by Merkel’s policy, which President Trump described as an “utterly catastrophic mistake” in January, Hungary had to act fast and opted for the erection of twin fences as opposed to a solid wall which would have taken a lot longer to build.

The Hungarian prime minister, who has described the Muslim invasion as a threat to his country’s Christian identity and national security, has no intention to bow to the European Union’s mandatory migrant quotas. The government’s spokesperson, Zoltán Kovács, insisted on Friday that the proactive steps taken to protect the country’s population two years ago were still necessary today.

“There is continuous migration pressure on our borders. The measures introduced in the interests of protecting the border continue to be necessary; it is thanks to these that the number of migrants entering Hungary illegally and in an uncontrolled manner has fallen drastically,” Kovács insisted. But is Budapest overreacting as Germany suggests? Apparently not.

As the below map shows, the terror threat in Hungary is regarded as low.

In Germany in contrast, the terror threat is higher than in Iraq!

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