Seven people in June but nobody in July wanted to enter the area of Hungary to request a refugee status, which could mean that the Hungarian government’s trick is well thought and works.
Népszava reported that in the last few years, 50 to 60 people wanted to enter the country and registered to request refugee status in Hungary. This summer their number is only seven which could have happened because of the Hungarian Government’s new restriction that expects to make an official request to enter the country and after that a second one to be given refugee status. Authorities have sixty days to examine these requests and decide who is allowed to enter.
In some occasions, people are also interrogated at the embassies dealing with Hungarian refugee matters. If someone is allowed into Hungary, 30 days are provided to ask for the official papers.
The trick is that this procedure only emphasises the longing for entering the country, which makes it different from real refugee requests. Therefore embassies in Kyiv and Belgrad are not obliged to provide shelters for these people. The European Commission reacted by stating that Hungary is very close to treating refugees like animals.
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If Hungary avoids becoming an “immigrant country”, it will prosper, but otherwise, it will “regress, decline and stagnate”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual opening session on Tuesday.