The budget of the Hungarian Armed Forces has been raised by 30% to a record-breaking 778 billion forints (EUR 2.2bn) in 2021, a state secretary of the defence ministry said. The military has played an essential role in maintaining the country’s security in recent years, Szilárd Németh told a press conference. Next year’s budget ensures the resources for that work, he added. Soldiers and police will continue to protect the borders, Németh said. The activity of people smugglers has picked up, and authorities apprehended 170 migrants on Tuesday evening alone, he said. The European Union’s Schengen borders are under great pressure from migrants, Németh said. He insisted that the “organisations of [American financier George] Soros continue to make a fuss about migrants,” and he added that “pro-migration activity has strengthened in Brussels”.