Hungary to increase police presence along its southern border

The Hungarian government plans to increase police staff numbers by 3,000 to respond to pressures of illegal migration on the country's southern borders, which is expected to become permanent, the MTI news agency quoted state secretary Bence Tuzson as saying on Wednesday.

Border patrol units will be increased mainly, Tuzson told a press conference after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

The interior minister has been tasked with recruitment and training, which will begin soon, he said.

Asked to comment on a proposal by German MEPs to reduce funding for countries which do not show solidarity with the EU's migration policy, Tuzson said that Hungary would oppose such a proposal.

He added that the issues of funding and migration policy should be treated separately.

Tuzson declined to respond to another question on the costs of the government's campaign for the referendum on Oct 2 on the EU's migration quota scheme, saying that the exact numbers were not yet clear.

Last update: Thu, 11/08/2016 - 09:49

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