EU states are warned against sending asylum seekers back to Hungary

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 15.4.2017 07:51

On 10 April, the UN Refugee Agency called on EU member states not to send asylum seekers back to Hungary. Under the so-called Dublin regime EU states are allowed to send asylum seekers back to the first country they had reached in the bloc, however, the UN agency urged to suspend the rule in the case of Hungary until its authorities amend a new law on detaining migrants at the border.

The new migration policy in Hungary came into effect on 28 March and it means Hungary can detain new asylum seekers on the border with Serbia for the entire length of their asylum procedures. The Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán describes his efforts to regulate migration as a fight against terrorism and changes in Europe's socioeconomic make-up. According to the UN Refugee Agency, the law does not comply with European or international law, and since it came into force, the agency's concern has gotten only worse as asylum seekers are detained in shipping containers under strict security measures. Hungarian migration policy is also criticised by the EU officials as the dispute over migration quotas continues.

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