Opposition criticises government for refugee measures
Budapest, June 30 (MTI) – Hungary should participate in a Europe-wide resolution to the refugee crisis, the opposition Egyutt party said on Tuesday, after lawmakers passed an amendment on the asylum law.
Criticising the law allowing the government to declare certain countries “safe” allowing refugees to be returned there, Egyutt lawmaker Zsuzsanna Szelenyi told a press conference that “Prime Minister Viktor Orban or Fidesz may decide that Serbia is a safe country but this will not make it so.”
The government can build the fence as planned but this will not stop the influx of immigrants, she added.
“All this will achieve is that it will become legal to return refugees to countries where they don’t have adequate protection,” she said.
The opposition Dialogue for Hungary (PM) party demands that European Union funding should be turned towards upgrading unused barracks in the country to be opened up to refugees and the immigration authority should take on 100 extra staff to help process applications.
Timea Szabo, the party’s co-leader, told a press conference on Tuesday that these measures should help prevent any fraught incidents such as the row between two residents of an overcrowded refugee camp in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, which escalated on Monday afternoon when around one hundred migrants threw stones at cars passing by. All parliamentary parties should join professionals to form a consultation body to address the issue, she said, blaming the government for the conflict at the Debrecen camp, which has operated at 200 percent capacity for the past six months.