Starting from mid 2015, thousands of migrants started moving north through Serbia and Hungary towards Austria, Germany and Scandinavia. The Hungarian government has since then changed migration policies multiple times. Now they have finished their second southern fence to ward off the refugee newcomers.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on a well known radio station that the protective measures were made to “ensure Hungary’s security for a long time.”
Orban is strictly against migration, going so far as to at one point calling it “poison.” His government’s stance in this regard has seen much international criticism. There has even been a law passed this February which allows for the default policy of detention of all refugees seeking asylum and housing them in shipping containers.
The revealing of plans for a second fence and its completion arrived at a difficult time between the EU and the Hungarian nation due to serious conflicts over their national law. While debating the situation with Brussels officials, Orban had described his country’s membership in the EU as “not questionable” while at the same time pinning the recent migration crisis on the failure of EU and their inability to manage it appropriately.
Hungarian officials reveal that the second fence will further insure safety for both Hungary and the EU. International groups have had some harsh words for Hungary’s recent anti-asylum sentiment and the new protectionist laws passed. Interior Ministry State Secretary Karoly Kontrat praised the project from day one saying it will protect not just Hungary but the whole bloc from ill-screened and ultimately unknown refugees arriving from conflict-ridden nations in the Middle East and Africa. These are often terrorist training hotspots which calls for further security measures especially after the increased rate of well organized terrorist attacks in Germany, France and the UK in recent years.
“Hungary is defending its border, and the Schengen zone at the same time,” secretary Kontrat argues, referring to the area of free movement within Europe. The new “smart” fence stretches along a section of EU’s external border and is equipped with motion and heat sensors, night vision cameras and large speakers uttering warnings in five different languages.
Kontrat gave his remarks at a press conference in Roszke, a town that lies three kilometers (1.8 miles) away from the Serbian border and that had been a hotspot for conflict between police and refugees during the height of the European migration crisis in 2015. Before the first fence was built that year, more than 400,000 migrants and refugees traveled through Hungary on their way to other regions of Europe.
He also said the new 155-kilometer (96-mile) long fence was constructed in preparation for an expected increase in migrants attempting to reach western Europe later this year and for the possible breakdown of the EU-Turkey migration deal.
Skeptics who believe a border wall will not stop illegals from entering the United States may want to look at what’s happening in Hungary. Immediately after it was completed, the influx of illegals entering Hungary went down from 6,353 one day to 870 the next day. For the rest of that month, illegal border hopping was on a steady 40 per day, according to officials.
“They don’t even try,” a local border guard told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We haven’t had a Syrian in six months.”
Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s pledge to stop illegals from flowing into the country appears to be a spectacular success. Hungary’s 96-mile long, 14-foot tall double-line fence includes several layers of razor-wire capable of delivering electric shocks. The barrier features cameras, heat sensors and loudspeakers ready to tell migrants they’re about to break Hungarian law if they as much as touch the fence, the April 30 Daily Caller report said.
Nearly every police officer in Hungary is part of a rotation to monitor the border fence at all times. Temporary military bases house the police while they do their rotation. Additionally, Hungary will train and pay more than 1,000 volunteers to deploy as “border hunters”. Illegals who are caught are instantly arrested and transported to the Serbian side of the fence.