Hungarian PM Orban warns of increasing migration pressure from south

Viktor Orban

Migratory pressure on the southern border of Hungary is expected to increase as more and more people arrive as the weather improves, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday.

Orban spoke in Roszke, a village at the southern border of Hungary with Serbia, after visiting the border fence with Slovakian Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini.

In a press statement, Orban stressed that the fence protected not only the Hungarian but also the Slovak border.

“This is hard work, which we would have a hard time doing without help and our allies,” Orban said, expressing his gratitude for Slovakia’s support.

Pellegrini stressed the importance of protecting the Hungarian-Serbian border, noting that it was also the southern border of the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone.

“It would be dangerous if migrants broke in through here, and it would also be a serious problem for Slovakia,” he said.

After the 2015 migrant crisis, the Hungarian government had a fence built along the southern border of the country to stop the flow of refugees.