Budapest (MTI) – The group leader of ruling Fidesz on Friday announced plans to close down the reception centre for refugees in the city of Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, by the end of November.
The centre “has caused a lot of problems” and should be closed down soon, Lajos Kosa, the city’s former mayor, told a press conference after talks with Interior Minister Sandor Pinter on Thursday. A related proposal will be submitted to the government on Friday, he added.
Altogether 3,500 foreign students study in the city, paying tuition fees and observing rules, Kosa said. Many in the reception centre “are not like these [people]”. “The way they conduct themselves endanger local residents and Debrecen university’s reputation,” Kosa said.
The site will remain in state ownership and a riot police unit from nearby Nyirbator may be relocated there.
Currently there are about 70-100 residents at the centre, according to MTI’s correspondent.