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Transit area for migrants opens at Eastern station

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Jessica Fejos

A designated area was set up by the municipal council on Saturday in an underpass by the Eastern (Keleti) railway station for migrants to receive basic hygiene and medical services, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

The municipal councilʼs chief law enforcement official, György Pető, said that it is not possible to send migrants away from the cityʼs public spaces overnight, but opening transit areas makes it possible to reduce their presence around the city.

Right-wing radical Jobbik disagrees with the establishment of these transit areas, saying there is "no sensible reason" that justifies turning the capital into a "refugee shelter."

At a press conference, district councilor Adrián Magvasi said local residents feel the migrants should be placed outside residential areas, but that keeping them near train stations could help them leave the city without delay.

Similar designated areas are planned to be opened at the Western (Nyugati) and Southern (Déli) railways stations soon.

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