Hungary can seal off its border with Croatia as it did with Serbia but is waiting for Austria and Germany to decide whether they want to let more migrants in, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff said on Thursday. Going back to the border crossing with Hungary which opened in the meantime was not an option, as Leamis had papers to exit Serbia at the Bajakovo border crossing with Croatia.
Hungarian authorities registered 4,255 unauthorized border crossings into Hungary yesterday, data published on the official website of the Hungarian Police revealed this morning.
He also said Hungary would soon be able to fully protect its border with Croatia as the fence it was building was nearing completion. As migration policies around Europe and North America become more exclusionary and rates of criminalization and detention are on the rise, this proposal reinforces the division between deserving and undeserving and between refugees and so-called bogus economic migrants.
“We are thankful to God that our country has a government now which regards the protection of our country and people as a task given by God … while it promotes and practices brotherly love towards those arriving in our homeland”, the Reformed Church of Csongrad diocese said in a statement this week.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says his country is opposing any large European Union plan for a permanent compulsory redistribution of asylum-seekers among the bloc’s 28 nations.
“We’re in the middle of a battle over a realistic approach of the entire European Union to the migrant crisis”.
Orban added that the Visegrad Four – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia – are cooperating well on the migrant crisis.
The European Union is threatening to take action against Hungary over its laws limiting the flow of migrants and refugees through its territory, FoxNews reported on Friday, citing the Associated Press as a contributor. The plan is expected to go up for discussion at a meeting on October 8 in Luxembourg.
Germany’s Interior Minister is urging migrants arriving in the country to respect others following recent brawls at crowded refugee accommodations.
Meanwhile German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere repeated calls to limit the number of refugees coming into Europe. The country has been struggling to accommodate the newcomers, and de Maiziere acknowledged that a few housing “isn’t pleasant”. But, he said: “there is no other way at the moment”.
“We felt that Christian people could not remain silent in this situation,” he said over the phone.
Hungary is also now sealing its frontier with Croatia to cut off an alternative corridor for migrants trying to enter the EU’s Schengen passport-free travel zone.