Hungary is currently experiencing a surge of migrants against its southern borders, the largest it has seen since the Great Migration Crisis of 2015. Its border with Serbia is now completely defended by a razor-wire fence, but recent arrivals have been digging tunnels under it and putting ladders up against it in their zeal to cross the border.
The video below was released by the Hungarian government. It shows numerous attempts, some of them successful, by people who want to cross into Hungary.
No one who wanted to enter the country honestly and legally would attempt to dig under the fence or scale it with a ladder. That means these new arrivals are invaders, rather than migrants. Hungarian border guards would be completely justified in shooting the invaders as soon as they put up their ladders or emerged from the tunnel under the fence. And they would only have to shoot a few of them; after that the traffickers would return to using the longer route through Croatia. But the Hungarians dare not do it.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video (hat tip László):
The following excerpts are from an ABC News article about the discovery of the tunnels under the fence:
Hungarian police find 2 tunnels used by migrants on border
Hungarian police say they have discovered two tunnels used by migrants to enter the country from Serbia
Hungarian police said Friday that they discovered two tunnels used by migrants to enter the country from Serbia.
Police said that a tunnel 34 meters (37 yards) long was discovered near the southern village of Asotthalom, where they also detained 44 migrants who had used the precarious passageway.
Police Col. Jeno Szilassi-Horvath said a Serbian citizen suspected of human trafficking had been detained along with the migrants.
The tunnel near Asotthalom was about 50 centimeters (20 inches) wide, 60 centimeters (2 feet) high, and had been dug as deep as about 6 meters (20 feet) below the surface without any support beams or other elements to prevent its collapse.
Szilassi-Horvath said the dig, which likely lasted a few weeks and was done without any machines, had gone undetected thanks to the thick underbrush in the area and because the soil dug out was dumped in a nearby canal.
He added that security officials were using drones and scanners to search for any more tunnels.
The other tunnel, in the village of Csikeria, was 21.7 meters (71 feet) long, but no successful migrant crossings took place there. Police said they discovered both tunnels not long after their construction was completed, and filled both of them up again.
See also Vlad’s report on the same topic.
Below are four more articles about the migration (invasion) surge at the borders of Hungary:
Migrant Presence on Hungary-Serbia Border Growing
The number of migrants looking to enter Hungary illegally from Serbia has risen significantly over the past month, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday.
Altogether 11,808 people have attempted to enter Hungary illegally so far this year, with 2,418 of those attempts being made this month, Gergely Gulyas told a regular press briefing. He said migrants were now using new techniques to try to breach Hungary’s border fence. Migrants tried to bury under the fence, and two tunnels discovered by the police have been sealed, he added.
Hungary: Szijjarto Warns of Growing Migration Pressure
Hungary can expect the pressure of illegal migration to grow “constantly”, the foreign minister said after his annual hearing in parliament’s national security committee on Friday.
Szijjarto said that security in the Western Balkans in connection with migration was a crucial issue. He said that some 98,000 illegal migrants have now accumulated in those countries and this posed risks for central Europe. He also said that Turkey had reported 398,000 illegal entry attempts by mid-November, 128,000 more than in the whole of last year.
Fidesz Anti-Immigration Cabinet Convened
Due to the increasing migration pressure, state secretary at the ministry of defence Szilard Nemeth has convened the anti-immigration cabinet of the governing Fidesz party’s parliamentary group for Monday.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Nemeth described the migration situation on Hungary’s southern border and the West Balkans as very serious, dangerous and a warning to all.
Orban: Fidesz Can’t Belong to a Pro-Migration Community
Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in an interview on Friday that protecting Hungarian economic achievements would be the topmost task in 2020, adding that it would be an uphill struggle to sustain economic growth with the euro zone in turmoil. The government’s economic action plan for the first quarter of 2020 “hopefully will be based on tax cuts”, he added.