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Legislation would reduce asylum seekers’ rights in Hungary

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The Hungarian government published draft legislation yesterday that would reduce cash subsidies for asylum seekers, cut the individual space they receive in detention centers to the same size prison inmates have and eliminate their assistance in assimilating into society, according to a report published by the Associated Press late yesterday.

Border fence along the Serbia-Hungary border. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Andrea Schmidt)

Other measures proposed in the draft legislation, which is meant to go into effect on April 1, include reducing the time an asylum seeker can remain in a detention center, from two months to one, reducing an asylum seeker’s eligibility for state health care from one year to six months and revoking their HUF 7,125 monthly stipend, the news service reported.

These proposed amendments to the Asylum Act and related government decrees are intended to align the rights and payments afforded to refugees with those offered to Hungarian citizens, the government said, according to AP. The Hungarian Helsinki committee, however, said it believes these amendments are designed to make it less desirable for asylum seekers to remain in Hungary.

According to the AP, Hungary granted asylum or other forms of protection to only 508 newcomers in 2015.

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