‘The key to Europe’s security is border protection and safeguarding the external borders of the European Union,’ the parliamentary state secretary of the Ministry of the Interior declared in Budapest on Tuesday.
Speaking at the farewell ceremony of the Hungarian police contingent heading to Serbia, Bence Rétvári reminded that Hungary is already engaged in a trilateral cooperation with the Austrian police, jointly protecting the southern borders of the European Union. The success of this police collaboration is evident from the significant number of illegal migrants that have been apprehended during recent times.
Addressing the departing police officers, the state secretary emphasised the strategic importance of their mission: protecting the EU’s external borders. He asserted that if other countries did what Hungary’s police officers do, the EU would not face such serious challenges.
Rétvári praised the work of the police officers who have dedicated their lives to ensuring people’s safety. He highlighted that their current task is exceptional as the officers will be serving in an alien environments, at the borders of other countries, in cooperation with the Austrian and Serbian police. Their service will significantly aid the work of those defending at Hungary’s southern border and helps prevent illegal migration.
Referring to demographic data, Rétvári stated that illegal migration is practically boundless due to an unimaginable population increase in the countries from which migration has originated over the past six decades. He noted that in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Algeria, and Morocco the population has grown exponentially. This demographic reality indicates that illegal migration will not decrease but rather increase in the coming years. Although Hungary’s family policy has contributed to an increase in the country’s birth rates, those do not even come close to the figures registered in the countries of origin of migration.
Stopping the ever growing number of migrants before they reach Hungary’s southern borders is essential because once these people enter EU territory, it becomes difficult to expel them. The state secretary underlined that combating migration requires physical border protection, not just political declarations, statements, or documents. The work of the participating police officers is of utmost importance in this regard.
Rétvári highlighted the lucrative nature of illegal migration as a business for organised crime groups, emphasising that these criminals make billions from illegal activities, contributing to the deterioration of public security in Europe, with Western European police forces having an ever harder time combating criminal gangs. Hungary can maintain its security by halting illegal migration, protecting its external borders, and these specialised police missions play a key role in this effort.
He assured the police officers that the Hungarian people feel secure thanks to their work, and Hungarians do not need to fear violent migrant uprisings like those recently seen in France. He made it clear that the Hungarian government will never allow illegal migration to be forced upon Hungary from any direction.
Source: Hungarian Conservative/MTI