The European Union’s laws governing migration are ineffective in stopping illegal migration, a state secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office told a conference. The EU should draft new regulations that can be used to keep migrants outside the bloc’s borders, Balázs Orbán told the conference organised by the Friends of Hungary Foundation. He noted that Hungary’s efforts to protect its southern borders in 2015 had caused tensions within the EU. But Hungary’s border protection measures had proven effective in reducing the number of migrants who entered the country, Orbán said. He added, however, that migration was on the rise again, with border guards having apprehended significantly more illegal entrants this year than last year and in 2019.