Report: Border fence is ineffective

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The Hungarian government is “bound by international laws” to accept migrants once they enter the country, and as the fence along the frontier with Serbia is not on the border, but in Hungary, migrants are in the area of Hungary even if they do not cross the fence, Tamás Lattmann, an international lawyer told Hungarian online daily index.hu.

Despite Gergely Gulyás, deputy head of ruling Fidesz’s parliamentary group, stating that Hungary “has nothing to do with migrants who do not cross the fence”, the government is in fact responsible for them, Index said.

Index reports that the 175 km-long fence the Hungarian government is building on the Serbian border as a “temporary” measure to “protect” the country from “illegal immigrants”, is not on the Serbian-Hungarian border, but a few meters away from the border, on Hungarian land, and it is therefore useless. Index claims that migrants do not have to cross the fence, to enter Hungary, in fact once they get close enough to the fence that they can touch it, they are in Hungary and can ask for asylum and the procedure must be launched.

The portal also notes that the fence is ineffective against human trafficking, as those who promise to escort migrants to Hungary in exchange for money, are able to keep that promise, as the fence is not on the border, but on Hungarian soil.

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