The Government has the authority to designate "transit areas" around the country, which are places of temporary stay for applicants of asylum in Hungary. The primary purpose of the law is to prevent the free movement of individuals that have been denied asylum or those that have pending asylum applications. The Government can seek relocation remedies against those individuals that flee from the "transit zones" while their applications are pending, and transfer them back to the transit zones anywhere in the country. The Government can detain unaccompanied minor children between the ages of 14-18 in the transit zones when they cross over the Hungarian border. Asylum proceedings need not be held in the native language or a language spoken by the applicant for asylum. There were also some procedural changes which now allow the hearing to be conducted by electronic means without transporting the applicant to the court or judicial body where the hearing will take place. … [Read more...] about Is Hungary’s approach to the refugee crisis a test of the European Union unity?
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This has not solved the problem. The numbers dying at sea actually increased in the same period despite this agreement because the journey from Libya to Italy is much more dangerous. It remains difficult for the EU to strike a deal with Libya – the country's civil war is ongoing and it has never signed the UN Refugee Convention. Migrants also tend to be treated appallingly in Libyan detention centres. … [Read more...] about How the spectre of Yugoslavia looms over EU’s handling of the refugee crisis
Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz anti-migrant party wins overwhelming victory in Hungary Europe as a whole moves steadily to the right Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz anti-migrant party wins overwhelming victory in Hungary On Sunday, Hungary’s right-wing, anti-immigrant, and anti-EU Fidesz party won an overwhelming political victory on a high turnout, giving Viktor Orbán his third consecutive term as prime minister of Hungary. … [Read more...] about World View: Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz Party Victory in Hungary Signals European Move Right
Europeans’ fears about refugees entering their borders have intensified due to terrorist attacks over the past couple of years in Germany, France and other countries. But refugees have also found themselves to be the victims of violent attacks after they had resettled in Europe. In Germany, assaults against refugees rose from 60 in 2015 to 78 in 2016. … [Read more...] about Where Do Refugees Go? Austria Says No More Migrants
The same thing happened in the last generational Crisis era, in the 1930s. In July 1938, 32 nations met for a conference to address the problem of hundreds of thousands of German and Austrian Jews who were fleeing Naziism, or whom Hitler was expelling. Hitler actually mocked the conference participants in a speech when he said, “I can only hope and expect that the other world which has felt such deep sympathy for these criminals will be generous enough to transform this pity into practical aid. As far as I am concerned we are ready to place our luxury ships at the disposal of these countries for the transportation of these criminals.” In the end, Europe, North America, and Australia refused to take on refugees, saying that their population “density” had reached a point of “saturation.” … [Read more...] about World View: Europe and North America Overwhelmed by Growing Migration Crisis