Hungary is feeling renewed pressure at its borders as migratory trends return to pre-COVID levels, according to reports.
Border authorities have foiled roughly triple the number of illegal entries so far this year in comparison with the same period in 2020.
Additionally, nearly three times as many human traffickers have been arrested in 2021.
“Between January and May 20 in 2020, a total of 9,521 illegal border-crossing attempts were thwarted. The same figure for 2021 has more than tripled to 34,899. Similarly, in the same period in 2020, border police apprehended 110 individuals suspected of human trafficking, while in 2021 so far, this number stands at 321,” reports Zoltán Kovács, spokesman for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
The country sealed its southern border at the onset of the coronavirus crisis in March of 2020, warning illegal migrants could easily carry the virus into Europe.
While migration pressure from the Balkans decreased during mid-2020, it picked up in other regions.
The number of migrants attempting to illegally cross into Hungary via one county in Romania doubled last year, as Infowars Europe reported in November.
The border town of Ásotthalom was recently inundated by large groups of male migrants who invaded and destroyed the homes and farms of local residents, prompting Mayor László Toroczkai to implore Budapest to deploy the military to mitigate the crisis.
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