Over the last few years Hungary has experienced an enormous surge in the numbers of illegal immigrants arriving on its territory, most of who promptly apply for asylum or refugee status.
Hermes has translated two articles from SZEGEDma about the flood of illegals. The first article was published in March:
The number of illegal immigrants has grown in the region
“The number of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers has increased substantially during 2012 in Dél-Alföld [Southern Hungary] in comparison with previous years” — Végh Zsuzsanna, the head of the Immigration and Citizenship Office, said on Tuesday in Szeged.
“Illegal immigration is a growing problem in the EU since 2009, and due to its geographical situation, the Dél-Alföld region is very affected by this phenomenon,” she said in the press conference, in which the results of the Immigration and Citizenship Office’s work during 2012 were being evaluated. She also added that the border between Serbia and Hungary is one of the most important migration routes leading to Western Europe.
As a result of the changes in law, an ever-increasing number of people illegally arriving to Hungary apply for the status of refugee. While the number of people seeking asylum in the EU grew by a 7% in 2012 as compared to the previous year, this growth was of 27% in Hungary. And the first two months of the current year have witnessed an increase of 170% as compared to the same period of last year, the head of the office declared.
Végh Zsuzsanna said that those foreign citizens who make their first application are placed in open refugee centers. There are some 1000 asylum seekers in the centers of Debrecen, Bicske and Békéscsaba. However, many of them do not wait for the end of the procedure, but leave the country.
40% of asylum seekers come from Afghanistan, and many come from Pakistan, Kosovo and Syria. Among those with completed procedures, 30% of them were granted some kind of refugee status, the head of the office said.
Seres József, the regional director, said that last year 554 foreigners in Dél-Alföld were expelled according to their own procedures, and 473 were expelled through legal procedures in court. The ban on traveling to and staying in the country was ordered for 1833 individuals.
The second article from SZEGEDma, published yesterday:
70 illegals caught in the south of Csongrád [province] — They arrived in 14 groups at the outskirts of Röszke and Mórahalom [border towns].
Besides Afghan, Kosovar and Pakistani immigrants, there were also nationals from exotic lands such as Desh, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire and Morocco.
The officers from the Border Control Office and the personnel from the department of immigration from the police headquarters of the province of Csongrád detected them with infrared cameras, and the civil guard as well as locals also helped.
The bulk of them were caught in Mórahalom, where 15 agents were deployed. Four immigrants reached Mars square in Szeged, they were caught by the personnel from the department of immigration. According to the report issued by the police, the majority of them have applied for the refugee status.
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