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GULYÁS: MIGRANT PRESENCE 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.
 

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 Gulyás told a regular government 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. Ethnic Hungarian politicians in northern Serbia’s Vojvodina region have also reported a sharp rise in the number of illegal migrants in the area, Gulyás said, adding that a clear signal should be sent to migrants attempting to reach Europe via the Western Balkan route: they will be stopped on the Hungarian-Serbian border or another external EU border.
Concerning the political situation in Europe, Gulyás said Wednesday’s vote of confidence in the European Parliament on the new European Commission showed that the body now enjoyed far greater support than EC President Ursula von der Leyen had in the summer.