The authorities in Hungary have silently reduced the number of asylum seekers, the National Public Radio reports. Open border advocates in Eastern Europe have accused the country for violating international laws and stranding thousands of refugee families in Serbia, by limiting the number of asylum applications to two.
As NHS claims, since January 22, authorities in Hungary have been permitting only one to two asylum seekers per day to cross from Serbia into each of its two “transit zones.”
Critics of the Hungarian refugee policy have blamed the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his ruling Fidesz Party for attempting to boost endorsement ratings before Hungarian parliamentary elections that will be held on April 8.
However, the nationalist government of Hungarian Prime Minister denied there is such thing as an official limit, saying that immigration authorities can’t help it if asylum seekers don’t want to come.
The number of asylum seekers allowed into Hungary has gradually declined, since Budapest built its first fence in September 2015 to prevent the flow of migrants crossing its formerly open border with Serbia. The number of asylum seekers in 2016, permitted to enter into the country’s transition zones per day was 60, which later dropped to 30. Last year it was 10, and now it’s two.
Previously in December, the European Union has taken Hungary to the European Court of Justice for failing to fulfill their legal obligations in accepting a share of asylum seekers, under a mandatory quota system forced by the EU following the peak of the migration crisis in 2015.
Hungary is already well known for its anti-immigration policies. In an interview with German newspaper Bild, Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban called the migrant crisis ‘an invasion’ and referring to refugees coming from Muslim countries as ‘Muslim invaders’. And despite the fact that Muslim community makes up only 0.4 percent of Hungary’s residents, PM Orban has repeatedly described them as a threat to the Christian identity of the country.