From file: Hungarian soldiers and a police car patrol along the border fence installed to prevent migrants from entering the country in Hercegszanto, in the vicinity of the border between Serbia and Hungary | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/TIBOR ROSTA
From file: Hungarian soldiers and a police car patrol along the border fence installed to prevent migrants from entering the country in Hercegszanto, in the vicinity of the border between Serbia and Hungary | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/TIBOR ROSTA

Joint Serbian-Hungarian border police patrols started on Friday (October 15) to increase surveillance along the border and to intensify the fight against irregular immigration.

The interior ministers of Serbia and Hungary, Aleksandar Vulin and Sandor Pinter, on Friday inspected joint Serbian-Hungarian border patrols at the Horgos-Razske crossing. The patrols started Friday morning to bulk up border control and step up the fight against irregular immigration.

Both ministers said that Serbia and Hungary were teaming up to curb the consequences of the current "crisis" in migration: at the social, humanitarian, and security levels.

'We will not allow life in our country to be changed' due to migrants

"We will not allow life in our country to be changed in any way" due to migrants, Vulin said in agreement with the positions taken by his Serbian counterpart.

"For this reason, collaboration with the Hungarian police is very important," the Serbian president said, thanking the Hungarian government for its police patrols, including on the southern border, between Serbia and North Macedonia.

Pinter stressed that Hungary and Serbia have the same position on irregular immigration and added that he hoped that other EU countries would join such collaboration.

Strengthened relations

Relations between Budapest and Belgrade have strengthened recently, in part thanks to the friendship and close personal relations between Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic, who has increasingly embraced nationalist and populist stances, and the ultra-conservative Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban.

 

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