For the time being, Afghans who have been refugees to Hungary have not been granted refugee status but only a residence permit. The Directorate General of Immigration has judged the applications in recent days.
According to RTL News, 455 Afghan citizens who had previously cooperated with NATO and Hungarian organisations arrived. Afghan citizens arriving here will be provided with food and accommodation for three months. Their health care has been provided in Hungary for a year and a half.
“455 Afghans could later be granted refugee status,”
napi.hu quotes Gergely Gulyás Chancellor. The law enforcement organisation of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee believes that they have yet only received a residence permit. This is only valid for three months. However, there are many questions. Gábor Győző, a lawyer of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, said that, for example, the question of whether the Afghans who came here could take a job in Hungary is not clear.
The Hungarian government has not yet responded to RTL News about what is happening to Afghan citizens after three months. The Hungarian prime minister spoke about the refugees whose lives were in danger in Afghanistan, on Saturday. Viktor Orbán gave an interview to the Czech daily Lidové Noviny.
“The European Union does not have to accept Afghan migrants. They have to stay there in their region,”
said the Hungarian Prime Minister. According to Orbán, the solution is to help the region’s countries cope with the burden of those coming from Afghanistan. He added that, if the Germans wanted this, Hungary would be happy to open a corridor through which Afghan migrants could get to Germany.
The European Union wants the Member States to take in refugees. They envisage this on a voluntary basis, within the framework of the International Inclusion Program. According to foreign expert Botond Feledy, there would be about 30,000 refugees, which is a negligible number compared to the year 2015.