VIENNA, July 5 (Sputnik) — The measure was taken to curb undocumented immigration, after Hungarian police stopped 17,000 people from crossing into the country illegally since the start of this year.
Bakondi announced the measure in an interview to Hungarian television channel M1 the night before. He said that migrants detained within the 5-mile zone would be taken to the nearest "transit zone" beyond the border fence.
Hungarian border guards have apprehended a total of 160 human traffickers this year, according to Bakondi. He stressed these were presumed to be middlemen, while ring leaders stay in the background.