Budapest, June 24 (MTI) – Opposition parties have criticised the government over its position on suspending the Dublin Regulation, the EU rule that a migrant’s claim must be processed in the country they first arrive in.
The radical nationalist Jobbik party supports Hungary’s asking for temporary dispensation in implementing the Dublin rule, as they say it is “unfair” that Hungary is the country most burdened by the influx of immigrants, Deputy group leader Daniel Z Karpat said, criticising the government for making “completely different statements” over the suspention in the span of one day.
The Socialist Party has called on the government to end its “hate policy” concerning immigration, which they say is detrimental to Hungarians living abroad. Deputy leader Zoltan Gogos said that a fence would do nothing to resolve the migration issue. Gogos said a better solution would be to approve the party’s amendment proposals on strengthening the national police and border control. The party also proposed amending the penal code to apply stricter punishments to human smuggling, he noted.
The leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) party said the government “has been lying for weeks”, as it is not true that tens of thousands of refugees are being sent back to Hungary. MEP Peter Niedermuller told a press conference in Brussels that Hungary suspending the asylum agreement was not its only breach of EU law, as the law states that should a problem arise, the member state has to consult the European Commission on finding a solution, which Hungary did not do.