BUDAPEST, Hungary, July 3 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency says it is "deeply concerned" about a set of proposals to amend Hungary's asylum act that have been put forward this week to the Hungarian parliament for debate.
UNHCR has urged the Hungarian government not to rush the process without proper consultations with civil society and the UN refugee agency itself on the legality of the proposals and their consequences for people fleeing war and conflict.
GINEBRA, Suiza, 1 de julio de 2015 (ACNUR/UNHCR) – La gran mayoría de las 137.000 personas que cruzaron el Mar Mediterráneo hacia Europa durante los seis primeros meses del 2015 huían de guerras, conflictos o persecución, haciendo de la crisis del mediterráneo una crisis principalmente de refugiados. Esta es la conclusión a la que llega el informe del ACNUR publicado hoy.
Mediterranean Crisis 2015 at six months: refugee and migrant numbers highest on record
Source: Reuters - Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:40 GMT
BUDAPEST, June 30 (Reuters) - Austria, Hungary and Serbia called on the European Union on Tuesday to step up efforts to fight human smuggling through the Balkans and not just focus on southern immigration routes.
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Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Tuesday 6/30/2015 - 18:04 GMT
The European Commission has pledged to send financial aid and experts to Hungary to help it cope with a surge in illegal immigration this year, a senior Brussels official said in Budapest Tuesday.
"Hungary will receive nearly eight million euros ($9 million) of support to help it cope with the migration issue," said Dimitris Avramopoulos, the commission's senior official for migration issues, told journalists after a meeting with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.
Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Monday 6/29/2015 - 19:01 GMT
Hungarian police fired tear gas to contain a riot at an overcrowded refugee camp in the eastern city of Debrecen Monday, after fighting broke out between asylum seekers over a religious dispute.
The disturbance began after one migrant ran off with another's copy of the Koran and trampled on it, said a statement on the Hungarian police website.
Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Wednesday 6/24/2015 - 14:49 GMT
by Geza Molnar / Nina LAMPARSKI
Hungary on Wednesday reversed its decision to suspend a key EU rule on processing asylum claims, a day after its announcement caused concern in Brussels and elsewhere.
"(Foreign) Minister Peter Szijjarto has informed his Austrian counterpart that Hungary was not suspending any rule of the European Union," the foreign affairs ministry said in a statement.
Since the beginning of the year some 153 000 migrants were detected at Europe’s external borders. This represents a 149% increase when compared to the same period in 2014 when 61 500 migrants entered Europe.
In May the total number of detections rose by 26% in relation to April and reached 50 500. Considering seasonal trends, it is expected that the migratory pressure will continue to increase during the summer period on all routes.
Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Tuesday 6/23/2015 - 17:26 GMT
Hungary has indefinitely suspended the application of a key EU asylum rule, which requires a migrant's claim to be processed in the EU country they first arrive in, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.
"The boat is full," Zoltan Kovacs told Austrian media, referring to the recent influx of migrants.
"We all wish for a European solution, but we need to protect Hungarian interests and our population."
19 June 2015 – Two United Nations agencies today expressed strong concerns over Hungary’s plans to build a four-metre high fence along its border with Serbia, with the UN refugee agency saying the wall will “be a further obstacle for people who have fled from war zones like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq and who desperately need safety and protection.”
Half are Kosovars, Syrians or Afghans
During the first three months of 2015, 185 000 first time asylum seekers applied for protection in the European Union (EU), almost stable compared with the last quarter of 2014 but up by 86% compared with the first quarter of 2014. In particular, the number of Kosovars rose considerably to reach almost 50 000. They represent the main citizenship of first time asylum applicants in the EU over the first quarter 2015, ahead of Syrians and Afghans.
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Thursday 6/18/2015 - 11:54 GMT
The EU said Thursday that Hungary's building of a fence to keep out migrants was not an effective way of halting the tide of humanity washing up on Europe's borders.
Hungary said Wednesday it would build a four-metre (13-foot) high fence on its border with Serbia, arguing that other countries such as Spain and Greece had taken similar measures and it was not breaking any international law by doing so.
Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Wednesday 6/17/2015 - 15:42 GMT
by Peter MURPHY
Hungary said Wednesday it was building a four-metre (13-foot) high fence on its border with Serbia to keep out migrants, as the EU struggles to deal with a massive influx of people trying to reach Europe.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said he was "surprised and shocked" by the plan. "We will discuss this decision with our Hungarian colleagues," he added.
Budapest, Hungary | AFP | Friday 6/12/2015 - 12:10 GMT
EU member Hungary threatened Friday to close its border with Serbia to stop an influx of migrants.
"We don't think it's right that they send us the refugees, they need to be stopped on Serbian territory," Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in an interview on Kossuth public radio.
"We take every option into consideration, including the possibility of complete physical closure of borders," Orban, 52, said, adding that a decision could be made next Wednesday.