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Migrants in Hungary near the Serbian border
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled Hungary must feed migrants on its border with Serbia who have applied for asylum but their applications have been rejected. The asylum seekers are appealing the decision.
The Central European nation has been at odds with the European Union’s policy of open borders for some time. The EU is taking legal action against the Hungarian government.
Hungary’s parliament in June passed laws that criminalize giving some kinds of help to illegal immigrants. Hungary also said it would not accept asylum applications from migrants arriving via a country where they are deemed safe from persecution or harm, or where an adequate level of protection is provided. As all the asylum seekers have come via Serbia, which is classed by Hungary as a safe country, their applications can now be rejected. The European Commission says the changes do not comply with EU law and has launched a procedure against Hungary, reported Reuters.
A Hungarian government spokesman said the law states that migrants whose asylum application has been rejected must leave the camps on the border.
The typical pattern of those traveling through Central Europe is to use Hungary and other nations as a transit stop on their way to wealthier Western European nations where there is lots of free stuff. Hungarian Prime Minister sees the demographic shift as a threat to Europe’s security and Christian heritage and has vowed to stop it.