Tough new rules requiring asylum seekers to remain in transit zones while their applications are processed came into force on 28 March in Hungary, to the great displeasure of pro-migration NGOs funded by billionaire financier George Soros.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán drafted the new rules after Tunisian migrant Anis Amri was able to murder a Polish haulier, hijack his lorry, and drive it into a Christmas market in Berlin as a result of being left at liberty even after his application for asylum was rejected and a deportation order lodged.
Nevertheless, Marta Pardavi, co-chair of the Soros-funded Helsinki Committee, complained that “the rules coming into force today simply deny protection to children, deny protection to refugees and essentially resort to illegal detention”.
The Hungarian government believes Soros-funded organisations like the Helsinki Committee are actively aiding and abetting illegal immigration in Europe, and has proposed rules which would require them to disclose their funding sources to increase transparency.
“What I understand from my colleagues, since I don’t supervise intelligence agencies, [is] that there were organisations which helped illegal migrants to find ways to Hungary, to find where they could violate our border, to find out how to apply for asylum status, and these reports have said that George Soros was in the background for these organisations”, said Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in January 2017.
Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, who holds the migration portfolio on the European Union’s unelected ruling executive, is gearing up to fight the Orbán government’s new asylum laws, telling reporters the EU will “work together through our experts and ensure that EU [asylum] rules also are complied with”.
Organisations such as the Helsinki Committee believe EU law required member-states to leave asylum seekers at large while their applications are processed, and stand by this principle despite the evident security risks which it entails.
Immigration and foreign funding of activist groups are two of five key issues over which Prime Minister Orbán has predicted a showdown with the EU in 2017.
“If we want Hungary to continue being a winning country in 2017, we Hungarians must provide a clear response to these five questions,” he said. “In fact behind all five questions there is the issue of national self-determination. So we have returned to the starting point: nations against globalists, sovereigntists against federalists.”