European Union seeks agreements with African dictators to deter refugees

The European Union (EU) is abandoning all pretense of human rights restraints in its refugee policy. A strategy paper published last week by the EU Commission outlined migration partnerships that will compensate nine states in Africa and the Middle East, both transit countries and countries of origin, for their cooperation in deterring refugees. The goal …

Asylum seeker attempting to cross the border swimming obstructed and drownedHungary to detain all asylum seekers in container camps

A Syrian migrant drowned in the Tisza river last week as he was trying to cross from Serbia to Hungary, police said on Monday, and the U.N. refugee agency blamed Hungary for adopting a policy that forced many migrants to take hazardous routes. Police confirmed the death of the 22-year-old man in a reply to …

Hungary MEP suggests using pig heads to deter refugees

A Hungarian member of the European Parliament has been criticised for suggesting pigs’ heads could be put on border fences to deter refugees. Gyorgy Schopflin, a member of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, made the remark after images emerged of vegetables carved into heads and placed along the country’s southern frontier. “Human images are haram… Pig’s …

Scarecrows keep immigrants away from Hungarian border

Pictures of sinister scarecrows reportedly planted to keep refugees away from the Hungarian border have appeared on social media. The photos were released on Facebook by a group that pledges support to Hungary’s police and troops, including those patrolling the border. According to the group, the figures were carved from sugar beets. And the scarecrows …

Hungary poster campaign pokes fun at migrant referendum

A poster war has broken out in Hungary, within weeks of a referendum on European Commission proposals to redistribute asylum seekers more evenly across the EU. Since the 2 October referendum was announced in February, public spaces and the media have been inundated with the government’s messages, such as: – Did you know that the …

Hungary voters reject EU migrant-resettlement plan, but low turnout invalidates results

Hungarians voted Sunday to reject a European Union refugee resettlement plan, but failed to turn out in sufficient numbers to make the referendum legally binding. Voter turnout was 43.7%, according to data published on the Hungarian National Election Office website, short of the 50% participation required to make the referendum valid under Hungarian law. Under …

Refugees referendum threatens Hungary’s muslims

Born and raised in Hungary, a lot of Muslims are complaining that next Sunday’s referendum on refugees is creating a more fertile atmosphere for hate and abuse, adding salt to the religious minority’s wounds in the east European country. The government contends there is a direct link between migrants and terrorism and is seeking a …

Hungarian inmates build new anti-migrant fence on Serbian border

Hungarian prisoners have finished building the first part of a second anti-migrant fence on Hungary’s southern border with Serbia, state television reported on Monday. Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced the plans for a second fence line in August to reinforce the existing barrier erected last year along the 175-kilometre-long (110-mile-long) border. The risk that the …

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