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Rise in refugee entries before new law kicks in tomorrow

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MTI / Edvárd Molnár

Sunday saw a record number of 5,809 refugees arrive in Hungary from Serbia, and over the course of the weekend police registered 13,162 unauthorized border crossings, according to the official web page of the Hungarian Police.

Refugees wait for buses to the Hungarian border at a resting point in Kanjiža, Serbia. The majority leaves for Hungary on foot and by taxi. (Photo: MTI/Edvárd Molnár)

The recent increase in refugee traffic is apparently due to concerns that new laws taking effect tomorrow will make it easier for Hungary to send refugees back across the Serbian border. This change is based on the Hungarian governmentʼs assessment that Serbia provides a safe haven the refugees, though both the UNHCR and Marta Pardavi, co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, say that Serbia cannot be regarded as a true safe country for refugees.

Pardavi on Friday also said, that the new border laws Hungary is introducing as of tomorrow “just simply canʼt be carried out” because the country does not have the capacity to process every asylum plea – even with an expedited procedure. 

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