Representatives of countries in the European Union’s Schengen area gathered in southern Hungary’s Szeged on May 12th, for a forum with issues around migration in its focus. Three of the delegated representatives announced to build a fence in the near future.
The delegations from Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Slovakia, Norway and Romania were informed by the Hungarian police about local measures to stop illegal immigration, about migration tendencies and routes, as well as about related international cooperation.
Representatives of the Hungarian armed forces then showed the conference the technical equipment used in controlling the country’s borders.
József Seres, head of the regional immigration office, said his office had received a total 3,600 applications from asylum seekers since the beginning of the year.
Ove André Vanebo Under-Secretary of Interior emphasized harmony and coordination between member states and stated that Norway was planning to build a fence on the Russian border.
Hanno Pevkur Estonian Minister of Interior said that they also planned to build a fence on their border with Russia, because according to his speech „a member state does not only guard his own land alone, but the whole schengen area”.
Latvian Minister of Interior Rihards Kozlovskis declared that Riga took the issue of guarding the schengen border seriously, so they planned to close the whole 1500 km long Russian border with a wall.
(Source: dailynewshungary.com, alfahir.hu)