Orban and Salvini defending Europe.
Last year, Hungary credited its border fence and policies of deterrence for an almost 100 percent drop in illegal crossings since 2015.
Today, Matteo Salvini is achieving similar results by sea in Italy.
Eventually, the V4 Report would like to see the “push-back” method (details further below) deployed by other European nation states extending all the way back to Greece.
Besides the enforced physical barriers, there were two particular strategies of note mentioned in the article that we believe work well.
1. Transit Zones. To meet a European Union requirement that members not detain or otherwise limit freedom of movement, Hungary leaves its transit zones open at the rear, facing Serbia, so that anyone who wishes to exercise their freedom of movement may do so by leaving the way they came, through Serbia.
No detention is happening, somewhat like at the international zone of an airport. You can fly home without much trouble but you have to go through inspection and have your passport stamped with entry permission to enter.
After an asylum petition is rejected (only about 40 percent are approved these days), access to food, shelter, and basic necessities provided by the government end, removing support for migrants to camp in the transit zones endlessly.
2. Push-back. Hungary’s push-back policy had the unintended outcome of causing neighboring nations to also adopt their own push-back policies, like in the game hot-potato where the hot potato is moved ever backward from intended destinations.
Hungary started the game by extending its fence 216 miles to cover the Croatia border, after that country simply began moving the migrants over it. The migrants pressed west to Slovenia — until Slovenia built a fence. Then both Serbia and Croatia, finding they were ending up with large numbers of unwanted migrants unable to advance north, began returning the migrants to nations on their southern borders, such as Macedonia or Bosnia.
For a time, the migrants and their smugglers tried shifting through the Serbia-Romanian border for a run at Hungary’s un-fenced eastern border. But after Hungary threatened to build a new barrier on that border, the Romanians reinforced their own border patrol and began mass push-backs of migrants into Serbia, which in turn pushed them back to Macedonia or Bosnia.
“The Romanians are taking back everybody, and as a result of this reinforcement and cooperation, Romania did not become the next main route,” Bakondi said.
* Eventually, the V4 Report would like to see the “push-back” method deployed by others extending all the way back to Greece. In effect, this would seal the migrants inside of Greece, forcing the country to either deny entry or to send the migrants back to Turkey…or both.
In addition, it would clearly deter the migrants from seeking Greece in the first place, if they realized it was hopeless to move northward towards Germany.
The V4 Report mentioned this idea years ago but, at the time, we were not confident that the governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania or Serbia would comply…and we certainly had more confidence with the prior government in Macedonia before the recent regime change backed by the West.
Ironically, since then, EU Minister of Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, signed agreements with Albania, Serbia and Macedonia to help “manage” migration with Frontex, which is not only useless but often counterproductive to our stated strategy. (Frontex does not push-back.)
For now, it will be up to Hungary and Croatia to deny entry, but we are not comfortable with Croatia’s PM Andrej Plenkovic, who is often too eager to comply with Brussels.
Moreover, no one seems willing to address what needs to be done with the surplus of illegals roaming the Balkans. If the migrants are not deported outside of Europe, eventually the EU and UN will resettle them somewhere in Europe…and the cycle will continue.
With UN agencies (armed with EU money) all over Bosnia, perhaps the Balkans is the key battleground (deportation vs. resettlement) that will help determine if Avramopoulos and Brussels can achieve their goal of committing the EU to mass migration….or if the Central European nation states will prevail to finally end the migrant tsunami.