Hungary sees Australian measures to stem illegal migration and protect borders as an example, Balázs Orbán, a state secretary at the prime minister’s office, told MTI by phone, after talks with Australian officials in Canberra and Sydney. Australia turns back all vessels approaching its waters illegally and houses illegal migrants in camps outside the country, Orbán noted. Thanks to these measures, illegal migration to Australia practically ceased, and the authorities have eliminated gangs specialised in human smuggling, he said.
Orbán met former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who implemented those regulations during his tenure between 2013 and 2015, in Canberra. In Sydney, Orbán met government officials, politicians and researchers. He held a lecture at the University of New South Wales, and met representatives of the local Hungarian community.