Nordic nations call on Hungary’s stance on migrants

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A razor wire is seen near the Austrian Hungarian border station between Nickelsdorf (AUT) and Hegyeshalom (HUN), some 70 kilometers southeast of Vienna, Austria, 19 September 2016.

Nordic nations call on Hungary’s stance on migrants


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Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have all called on the European Union to take “measures” against Hungary over its refusal to take in registered asylum seekers.

The Agence France-Presse (AFP) saw a letter (dated September 9) in which the Nordic nations expressed their “great concern” at Budapest’s refusal to act by the Dublin rules under which refugees must seek asylum in the first EU country they enter.

The joint letter, signed by ministers from the five Nordic countries, quotes from a statement sent by Budapest to fellow EU nations in May, which insists that Hungary “cannot accept any incoming Dublin transfers”.

The Nordic ministers said this position constitutes “a violation of the EU law and it is not acceptable,” and called on EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos to “act promptly”.

As reported by Human Rights Watch, the situation in Hungary has worsened since the adoption of a new law on July 5 which enables Hungarian police to apprehend persons caught inside Hungarian territory within 8km of the border and push them back to the Serbian border.

In a statement issued on September 21, Human Rights Watch said: “We are equally concerned that European institutions have largely remained silent in the face of these developments. It is high time for the European Commission to speak out against the abuses identified during this UPR and to accelerate infringement proceedings against Hungary.”

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