In June of 2015, the Secretary of Interior Dr. Sándor Pintér, filed a legislative bill in the Hungarian Parliament to overhaul the country's asylum proceedings and to restructure the border police force. The Parliament debated the bill and overwhelmingly approved it on March 6, 2017, with 138 members voting "yes", 6 voting "no", and 22 members abstaining. The Asylum Amendments became the new Asylum Law in March of 2017 and contains four main provisions: 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. … [Read more...] about Is Hungary’s approach to the refugee crisis a test of the European Union unity?
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Memorial to early 1990s war in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Clay Gilliland, CC BY-SA With peak season approaching for refugees making treacherous journeys to and through Europe, don't be surprised if we are told again that this is unprecedented. In fact, Europe has coped with comparable situations – not least the Balkan crisis of the early 1990s. It tends to be overlooked that the Yugoslav experience has informed EU refugee policy this time around. Arguably this has made the situation better than it might otherwise have been. Contrary to popular belief, similar numbers of people from the former Yugoslavia sought asylum in northern Europe as Syrians have more recently – as demonstrated below. Indeed, more sought asylum from the former Yugoslavia in Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and the UK than from Syria so far. Asylum applications from Yugoslavs and Syrians Sources: UNHCR, Eurostat. Looking at … [Read more...] about How the spectre of Yugoslavia looms over EU’s handling of the refugee crisis
This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com 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. With almost all the votes counted, Fidesz has won 134 seats in the 199 seat parliament, giving Fidesz a two-thirds “super-majority.” With this super-majority, Orbán will be able to modify Hungary’s constitution to give himself additional powers, possibly dictatorial powers, and to make sure that he will be reelected for many years to come. In celebrating his victory, Orbán said:There is a big battle behind us. We have won. Today Hungary had a decisive … [Read more...] about World View: Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz Party Victory in Hungary Signals European Move Right
BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Newsletter Signup World By Kasia Kovacs @kasiakovacs 03/29/17 AT 3:47 PM Austria wants to stop refugees from coming into its borders, officials from the country said Tuesday, asking the European Union to be exempt from taking in more asylum seekers. The country’s chancellor argued that it had already taken in enough refugees over the past few years as the migrant crisis has swelled.“We believe an exception is necessary for Austria for having already fulfilled its obligation. We will discuss that with the European Commission,” Chancellor Christian Kern said Tuesday.Read: Migrant-Hunting Hungarian Village Uses White Supremacist Rhetoric To Outlaw Muslim PracticesAustria, a country north of Italy and Slovenia with a population of about 8.5 million, had previously accepted 90,000 asylum seekers in 2015. The EU gave Austria an exemption to the refugee crisis after 2015, but the … [Read more...] about Where Do Refugees Go? Austria Says No More Migrants
This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Europe and North America overwhelmed by growing migration crisis New techniques for ethnic cleansing and genocide The increasing threat of ‘unspeakable’ violence from MS-13 Europe and North America overwhelmed by growing migration crisis The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that nearly 69 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced from their home in 2017. The number of displaced people has set a new world record each year for the last five years. Of the 69 million total, 16.2 million were newly displaced in 2017, or more than 44,000 people per day. The High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, said: The global figure has gone up again by a couple of million. This is because of protracted conflicts and lack of solutions for those conflicts that continue, continuous pressure on civilians in countries of conflict that pushed them to leave their homes and new or aggravating crises, like the … [Read more...] about World View: Europe and North America Overwhelmed by Growing Migration Crisis