TEK: Illegal migrants posed no threat of terrorism before refugee crisis

October 13, 2015

TEK

 

The real challenge to Europe is not the illegal migration but the legal migration and presence of many generations of immigrants who are citizens, and their failure to integrate. Terrorist attacks in Europe to date (London, Madrid) support this assumption. – Lieutenant-colonel Miklós Böröcz, expert advisor to Hungary’s counter-terrorism center (TEK)

The study in question does not pertain to the current migration tendencies. The Paris terror attack and the European migration crisis of 2015 has overwritten perspectives to date with regard to the threat of terrorism in various parts of the globe, and constitutes a new chapter in the history of European terrorism. In connection with this, along with a number of international experts, TEK’s expressed opinion is that there is a greater chance that the Islamic State terror organization and other extreme groups will use the migrating hordes to send terrorists into Europe. – TEK press statement, October 13th, 2014

A study entitled “TEK (T)Error & Removal” ((T)Error & Elhárítás) published earlier this year concludes that “while illegal migration is connected to organized crime, it has no expressed relevancy to terrorism.”

The 20-page study, which was published by an expert advisor to Hungary’s Counter Terrorism Center (TEK), police Lieutenant-colonel Miklós Böröcz, argues that it is far too costly and risky for a terrorist to enter Europe illegally.  In his view, it is not illegal migrants but rather the children and grandchildren of naturalized immigrants who have yet to be integrated into the societies of their host countries that pose a terrorist threat.

“The real challenge to Europe is not the illegal migration but the legal migration and presence of many generations of immigrants who are citizens, and their failure to integrate.  Terrorist attacks in Europe to date (London, Madrid) support this assumption,” writes Böröcz..

Over the past five months the government of Hungary has spared no expense telling Hungarians to equate migration with terrorism.   Only recently yet another no-bid HUF 300 million contract was awarded to leader of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office Antal Rogán’s neighbor within the framework of the so-called “national consultation on migration and terrorism”, bringing the cost of the government campaign to date to HUF 1.5 billion.  However, if one includes the cost to Hungarian taxpayers of the state news service and state television, the total cost of the “national consultation” easily amounts to tens of billions of forints.  And that does not even include the cost of erecting fences along Hungary’s borders with Serbia, Croatia and Romania.

Index.hu writes that some 300,000 migrants have passed through Hungary this year without TEK arresting a single terrorist (although numerous arrests were made after police commandos “clashed” with migrants at Röszke).  So desperate has Prime Minister Viktor Orbán become to justify his government’s strict anti-migrant policy that he has even resorted to falsifying the news during his regularly scheduled live radio broadcast, announcing that police had taken a “wanted terrorist” into custody, when in fact they had arrested a man wanted for a non terrorism related murder in Norway.  Like nearly everything else Viktor Orbán tells the Hungarian people, this, too, turned out to be a lie.

(The 2015 prize for telling the most outlandish lie still goes to Minister for Human Resources Zoltán Balogh, who announced at an international conference this summer that Hungary had secretly provided sanctuary for some “1000 Christian families from Egypt and Libya in 2013 and 2014-ed.)

Always eager not to incur the wrath of government censors, index.hu, writes

While this does not mean that there could not be terrorists or radical adherents of Islam among the illegal migrants, it does mean that the basis for the government’s communication is political rather than technical.

The following excerpts are translated from the study, which can be downloaded here:

But what risks does illegal migration actually conceal?  On the basis of my studies it can be determined that the phenomenon pertains to organized crime, and that there is no expressed relevancy to terrorism.

Illegal migration is closely linked to human smuggling.  The activity is characteristically carried out by crime syndicates . . . generally linked to foreign citizens.  . . . 

Public safety is further compromised when human smuggling bands divide up territories, and if anyone violates that, then probably retaliation will ensue which will involve a criminal act.  . . . 

There is no serious threat of terror in illegal migration.  It would be too dangerous and too expensive for a terrorist to enter Europe illegally.  The ideal terrorist is a citizen with local language and knowledge and who resides there legally. 

The real challenge to Europe is not the illegal migration but the legal migration and presence of many generations of immigrants who are citizens, and their failure to integrate.  Terrorist attacks in Europe to date (London, Madrid) support this assumption.  

The conclusion:

But then what risk does illegal migration pose?  On the basis of my studies, the phenomenon affects organized crime, and has no expressed relevance to terror. 

By the way, György Nógrádi, who routinely appears in the media to talk about the connection of migration to the threat of terrorism, is a member of the editorial committee.

In response to the index.hu article, TEK has issued the following statement:

The study in question does not pertain to the current migration tendencies.  The Paris terror attack and the European migration crisis of 2015 has overwritten perspectives to date with regard to the threat of terrorism in various parts of the globe, and constitutes a new chapter in the history of European terrorism.   In connection with this, along with a number of international experts, TEK’s expressed opinion is that there is a greater chance that the Islamic State terror organization and other extreme groups will use the migrating hordes to send terrorists into Europe.

Reference:

http://index.hu/belfold/2015/10/13/tek-es_alezredes_nincs_terrorkockazat_az_illegalis_migracioban/