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Hungary blocked the border for Syrian refugees

Since September 15, persons who illegally crossed the border of the country will be sent back to Serbia.

For violation of the border – three years in prison.

The refugee crisis that erupted in Europe has moved into a new stage. Hungary, the country that became for them the main transit point on the way from the Middle East and the countries of Asia and Africa to Western Europe, officially imposed restrictions on their movement through its territory.

The main ways of refugees to Europe. Infographics From the zero hours on September 15, local time (1:00 MSK), the pedestrian border crossing “Khorgosh 2” on the Hungarian-Serbian border was closed. At the same time, the Hungarian police announced the closure of the railway between the Serbian city of Khorgosh and the Hungarian village of Røske. Along the railroad tracks in this area in recent weeks there has been an uncontrolled flow of people.

The Hungarian authorities announced that on the line of the Hungarian-Serbian border, every 35 meters there will be a policeman or military man who has an order for immediate expulsion from the territory of the country of all who try to penetrate it.

According to the changes that have taken place in the Hungarian legislation, the illegal border crossing, which until now was considered an administrative offense, can now be punished with imprisonment for up to three years.

Serbia is not going to receive refugees back.

Strict measures of the Hungarian government have already been criticized by human rights defenders who believe that they are contrary to the laws of the EU and grossly violate the rights of refugees.

“They want to live at our expense!” What Europeans think about the wave of immigrants The Hungarian authorities, however, such comments are still ignored. And without waiting for real assistance from the European Union, the country that has recently taken in tens of thousands of refugees decided to act at their own peril and risk.

Serbia has already reacted to Hungary’s decision. Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy Nenad Ivanisevich warned that official Belgrade could send troops to the border with Hungary in order to prevent the return of refugees from the territory of the neighboring country.

The official noted that if Hungary wants to return the arrivals, then it must send them to Greece – the first EU country on their way.

Limited “Schengen”.

Strict measures introduced by the Hungarian government were known in advance, but even before their entry into force, a number of other EU countries introduced their restrictions.

In the evening of September 13, Germany announced the temporary restoration of border controls on the internal borders of the EU. First of all, it concerns the southern border with Austria, through which the main stream of refugees follows.

Germany, a country that has so far declared its readiness to host hundreds of thousands of people, is forced to take steps to streamline this flow. According to the authorities of Munich, only for the past weekend in the city came to 18 thousand refugees, which in fact exhausted the current opportunities for their reception and placement. In an emergency order for the reception of new refugees, large facilities, including sports facilities, are being prepared. To get extra time, the authorities of Germany suspended the railway communication with Austria for a day.

End of the Old World. Will the flow of refugees from the Middle East sweep Europe? Following Germany, Austria announced the temporary restoration of border control at the internal borders of the EU. At the same time, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faiman announced that an army could be enlisted to protect state borders.

On the introduction of border controls also announced the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The Chancellor of Austria compared the Hungarians to the Nazis.

The tense situation in Europe sometimes makes politicians lose their composure. Austrian Chancellor Werner Faiman, annoyed by the hard line on refugees led by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in an interview with the German newspaper Spiegel compared the actions of the Hungarian authorities towards them with the behavior of the leaders of Nazi Germany.

In particular, he recalled the train with refugees who left Budapest to Austria, but was stopped, after which people were forced to send to the camp. Faiman said that in the same way the Nazis drove Jews to concentration camps.

Such a comparison caused fury in Hungary. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyarto called the statements of the Chancellor “impermissible for the leader of a European country in the 21st century” and accused him of organizing a campaign of lies against his country.

The main blow of the migration crisis was assumed by Germany. Dangerous hospitality. Under the guise of refugees in the EU penetrate militants However, the exchange of sharpness and subsequent diplomatic apologies does not solve the very problem of placing people fleeing from their belligerent countries.

The decision was postponed until October in Brussels. The decision should have been made and voiced at an emergency summit of the heads of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the EU countries, which was held in Brussels on September 14.

However, as stated in the communiqué.

Presiding in the European Union of Luxembourg, at the meeting it was decided to postpone until October the approval mechanism for the distribution of the EU countries 120 thousand refugees. As observers note, the fact that the meeting ended only with the publication of the communiqué, and not the general final statement of the Council of the EU, binding for execution, says that the mutual understanding could not reach the countries. The only practical result is the approval of the settlement program adopted in July for the EU countries of 40 thousand refugees in Greece and Italy , during the period 2015-2017. In fact, only 34,000 places have been allocated to receive refugees, and for another 6,000 there is a hard struggle. However, even if the EU countries manage to talk about the distribution of 120,000 refugees, this will not be a solution to the problem. According to the European Commission, since the beginning of 2015, about half a million people from the countries of Africa, Asia and the Middle East have already arrived in the EU. Under these conditions, the measures taken by the Hungarian government are a desperate step aimed at preventing the ultimate loss of control over the situation. After all, while in Brussels they agree, in Hungary daily they deal with tens of thousands of desperate people whose further behavior is unpredictable.

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