Hungarian authorities intercepted more than 2,000 illegal migrants over the weekend, according to reports.
The Central European country, which lies on the frontier of the European Union, has seen an explosion of illicit border crossings this year as migration into the region has reached levels not seen since the 2015-2016 crisis.
Nearly 5,000 penetrations were recorded between October 17 - 23.
"The police and soldiers took action against a total of 2,172 border violators from Friday to Sunday, the National Police Headquarters informed MTI on Monday," Magyar Hirlap reports.
"In the past week, 4,777 border violators were arrested and escorted back across the country."
Roughly the same number of illegal crossings (4,794) were thwarted the previous week, as well.
The Hungarian government recently announced that more than 214,000 illegal entries had been prevented so far this year - a figure that has likely topped 220,000 by the time of this writing.
"These migrants bring a new dimension of violence and aggression, given that they’re now armed," said Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó.
"They’re shooting at each other and threatening the Hungarian police officers and soldiers protecting the Hungarian border."
Data released this month by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency shows the continent is in the midst of another major invasion, amid a slew of other existential threats looming on the horizon.
In mid-2020, Europol predicted a flood of migration from third world countries heavily affected by global lockdowns and economic deceleration.
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