A new law in Hungary sends a clear message to would-be-Muslim border crossers: Don’t even think about it. The tough, new measure gives border authorities the power to detain the fake asylum-seekers indefinitely and house them in converted shipping containers until their cases are heard.
Breitbart Hungary’s Viktor Orban has described migration as “a Trojan horse for terrorism.” The country’s hardline Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, says it’ll save Europe. But the U.N. says it’s illegal.
“People’s freedom of movement will be removed, they will be able to stay only in a place designated for them,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s chief of staff, János Lázár, told AFP. During the height of the migrant crisis, many passed through numerous safe countries ignoring the Dublin accord and requests to stay put as their cases were assessed as they wished to travel to the wealthy welfare economies of northern Europe.
The shipping container development follows the news that any migrant detained anywhere in Hungary without proper documents will be sent back across the border.
DW At the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, as many as 13,000 people crossed the border in Hungary everyday. But when Hungary was part of the main overland route for refugees entering Europe from parts of the Middle East and Central Asia. That led to the building of a first barbed-wire fence in 2015 along its southern border with Serbia and Croatia, which exacerbated tensions between his government and the European Union even more.
Thanks to this fence and a second one constructed in 2017 few succeed. Currently, at least 8,000 refugees and migrants are stuck in Serbian camps waiting to cross into Hungary, which only allows 10 people per day to enter legally.
As the head of the country’s right-wing government, Orban, a supporter of Donald Trump, has made halting the flow of migrants into Hungary one of his top priorities. The government says that while the number of migrants seeking to enter Hungary had dropped considerably since 2015, border police still prevent hundreds of people from illegally crossing the border each day.
Orban’s hardline policies have drawn criticism from outside observers, with rights groups Hungarian Helsinki Committee and Human Rights Watch sending a complaint on Friday to the EU Migration Commissioner over the country’s proposed policies.
“The European Commission should not stand by while Hungary makes a mockery of the right to seek asylum,” Human Rights Watch deputy director Bejamin Ward said. “Using transit zones as detention centers and forcing asylum seekers who are already inside Hungary back to the Serbian side of the razor-wire fence is abusive, pointless and cruel.”
Orban has frequently locked horns with the EU and once said that his government was in “open conflict” with the bloc. He has also said in the past that Muslim refugees did not belong in Christian Europe.