In contrast to the suggestions of the mainstream media it is not a Hungarian initiative to build a closure of the southern borders and the re-establishment of the border hunter companies. The Hungarian government is following European trends in the management of the migration pressure, and they do no more, nor less than what is permitted in Europe.
President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman announced during last Tuesday that the European Union must immediately place the entire external border of the Schengen zone under physical protection, otherwise the Czech Republic will fortify its own borders and deploy the army to stop illegal immigration. Zeman on Tuesday met Milan Stech Congressman and Chairman of the Parliament Jan Hamaca followed by a joint announcement. This announcement stated that the current protocol of the Schengen zone has failed and the Member States show determination to restore national borders, if the European Union is not capable of handling the mass immigration.
Hamáček expressed his concord as to the long-term solution is to strengthen the external borders of the European Union. However, a temporary crisis management measure can be accepted without authorization from Brussels, such as some national crisis management solutions of the region, ie involvement of the armed forces of the Member States to protect the border closures that are being built. The Czech are pioneers in this respect and they try to stop the migration through their country by deploying the army. This way they have set the Visegrad Four`s new crisis management guidelines, which will be followed by the other V4 countries as well, presumably Hungary too. So, in Hungary it is basically not a domestic policy issue, building the closure of borders and the establishment of the border hunter companies are not aimed at pleasing the voters or decreasing the strengthening of Jobbik (a far-right Hungarian party). The Hungarian government has not taken any steps so far in managing the migration crisis, which had not have a precedent in Europe over the past year. According to the regional trend, the army will likely be deployed to protect the southern borders of Hungary. However, the introduction of this step will require time, changes in the legislation and diplomatic preparation.
According to the Czech politician it is necessary that the countries of this region show decisive action in restricting illegal immigration individually, and that these measures are carried out along a single shared direction, in order to join forces to put pressure on Brussels.
However, in connection with Zeman`s announcement we do not necessarily have to think of a complete closing of borders and soldiers in uniform opening fire on immigrants. The Czech Republic in the near future might announce a number of military exercises, all of which will take place along the border, crossing the immigrants` most popular routes. The immigrants will hear the slamming sound of machine guns and bombs near the Czech border, which will minimize the illegal immigration into the Czech Republic without actually taking action and it also allows the government to seal certain areas along the border on humanitarian grounds.
János Lázár, executive minister of the Prime Minister`a office in Hungary, announced recently that some border hunter companies will be established involving thousands of policemen, within the organizational unit of the police, so that they can effectively handle the increasingly aggressive immigrants. The measure is not a more radical action in any way than the actions of other European countries. Hungary continues to take action against illegal immigration in accordance with the European trend, but the government will likely follow the steps of the countries of the region. If the V4 expresses intention of deployment of the army, then even in Hungary some more"radical" action can be expected than the current one. These measures reveal, however, that the border protection of the Schengen zone has failed, and even if on a temporary basis, the restoration of national border controls will be necessary for all countries of this region.