Hungary to detain all asylum seekers in container camps
One day after Trump's cabinet announced his second travel ban order - which affects six Muslim-majority countries- the Hungarian Parliament has approved a law that allows the detention of all asylum-seekers until their requests are processed.
Asylum seekers in Hungary, which hundreds of thousands entered in 2015 in the hope of reaching western Europe, can at present be held for up to four weeks if they are apprehended within five miles of the border, but the new rules remove the time limit and will apply countrywide. Unaccompanied minors below the age of 14 will be put in the care of the country’s child protection services.
The law was approved by members of the ruling Fidesz party, a nationalist and populist group led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
The transit zones are located on the border with Serbia and consist of containers where migrants will have to hand in their petitions and wait for their resolution.
"From now on migrants with an unclear status can not move freely in the country," said a government statement, adding that this would improve the security situation in the country. Orbán also called migration “a Trojan horse for terrorism”.
According to her, international and EU laws dictate that the detention of refugees and asylum seekers only occur when strictly necessary and that children should never be detained.
The law will only be in force while the country is in an alert state due to mass migration, a status that was enforced in late 2015 and is expected to last until Sept. 2017.