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Gulyás: EU regulations impede solutions to migrant problem

Tourism

Jessica Fejos

According to deputy head of Fideszʼs parliamentary group, Gergely Gulyás, European Union regulations are making effective responses to the waves of migrants more difficult to achieve.

One example he points out is the rise in the number of asylum seekers due to the tightening of rules regarding holding refugees in detention centers. He says the number of people requesting asylum shot up as a result of more limited possibilities for detention, as after the rule change, the number of asylum seekers Hungary was allowed to hold in detention dropped from 64% in 2012 to just 13% in 2013.

Gulyás also said he appreciated the work of civil groups and churches in helping the migrants but the stateʼs role is solely to prevent illegal entry. He said the government began discussions with the mayors of villages close to the planned refugee camps in order to meet their upgrade requests.

In response to a query about migrants buying international train tickets, Gulyás said EU and Hungarian officials have no way of stopping anyone going west rather than registering at a refugee camp.

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