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Hungarian Left-Wing Opposition Frustrated Over Tightening Of Immigration Rules

Tamás Székely 2015.07.07.

Hungary’s Parliament approved amendments to several laws relating to migration and asylum, drawing harsh criticism from Hungarian left-wing opposition politicians. The new legislation will speed up procedures for assessing the claims of asylum-seekers and will allow for economic migrants to be turned back as quickly as possible. Under the amendments, parliament has also granted the Hungarian state use of a strip of ten metres within the European Union’s outer Schengen borders to ensure fast construction of a barrier along the Hungary-Serbia border.

The left-wing opposition Együtt (Together) party said that ruling Fidesz was “running amok” with its refugee policy and the planned fence was “inhumane”. Együtt lawmaker Zsuzsanna Szelényi insisted that the fence would not prevent migrants from crossing the border, while legitimate asylum seekers would be accepted just as before. The border police, however, will not be in a position to determine who is a refugee and who is a migrant, and will have to allow them all in, she argued.

The Dialogue for Hungary (PM) party said the amendments, including stipulations for the fence, violated fundamental rights. PM has asked President János Áder not to sign the new law. PM co-chair Timea Szabó said the legislation did not allow for appropriate legal remedy, which would result in thousands of claims being submitted to international courts by those deported from Hungary.

Gergely Gulyás, deputy group leader of ruling Fidesz, said after the vote that constructing a fence in the south would also contribute to Europe’s security. Gulyas argued that similar efforts in Bulgaria and Spain had reduced immigration to one-seventh of the earlier figure. Gulyás said that while political asylum should be granted under international agreements, economic migration was “unwelcome at its current rate” and was detrimental to the “identity of European peoples.”

Meanwhile a man identified as a Syrian illegal migrant was taken to hospital in a critical condition after falling off the underside of a lorry travelling in the direction of Austria on Hungary’s M1 motorway, police in the city of Győr, in western Hungary, said. Police spokeswoman Gabriella Tóth said the man was foreign and did not possess any identification documents. According to local newspaper Kisalföld, he is a Syrian national. He is reported as having fallen off the lorry around 5km from the Hungary-Austria border. The man is being taken care of in intensive care after having undergone extensive surgery and having received a blood transfusion.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI photo: MP Zsuzsanna Szelényi (Együtt party) – Noémi Bruzák – MTI


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