EU ready to give further help to Hungary, says migration commissioner
Calais/Brussels, August 31 (MTI) – The European Union is prepared to set up so-called hot spots in Hungary to help speed up asylum procedures, the EU’s migration affairs commissioner said on Monday, adding that Hungary will receive 185 million euros in EU funding to handle its migration crisis.
EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said in Calais on Monday that Hungary had asked for an extra 8 million euros and a decision on this would be forthcoming.
Hot spots are due to begin operating in Italy and Greece, the so-called frontline countries, where administrators will be processing asylum requests to determine whether asylum-seekers are eligible for refugee status. The hot spot administrators will arrange for migrants who cannot be given refugee status to be sent back to their countries of origin.
Hungary does not consider itself to be a frontline country since it is not a country through which migrants first enter the EU.