Two Years After | Magyar Helsinki Bizottság

22 September 2017

The HHC's new Information Note summarizes the changes that took place since Fall 2015 in the field of asylum and shows how these changes have erected, step-by-step, a new wall around Hungary.

“We have one message for refugees: Don’t come!” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a press conference in Brussels on 3 September 2015. Since then, this warning has been put to effect through extremely restrictive legislative and policy changes. These changes resulted in a willingly destroyed asylum system in a European Union member state. Only 26 years after the fence at the Austrian-Hungarian border was opened, a new 175-km long fence closed the Hungarian-Serbian border on 15 September 2015. The physical barrier at the border embodies the start of a new era in asylum policy in Hungary.

The Information Note can be downloaded here.

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