Contribution from the co-chairs of our Hungarian Member Party, Lehet Más a Politika (LMP): András Schiffer and Bernadett Szél.
“The crisis surrounding the flow of refugees and migrants into Europe has been ill-treated by both the Hungarian Government and the institutes of the European Union. The Dublin system has failed and is causing confusion, chaos and uncertainty, harming those who are seeking refuge. Moreover, we have to acknowledge the fact that the sudden arrival of refugees will be the new norm, if we do nothing to tackle the root causes of the crisis, especially climate change. The irresponsible foreign policy of certain European governments and the US, which chose war before and instead of diplomacy, demonstrates just who should share the burden of responsibility in the current situation.
"Currently, the refugees and migrants at the Hungarian border are a both a security and a humanitarian issue for the country, because the government has been unable to humanely and safely solve the issue, thus increasing and playing on local citizens’ fears. The government claims to be abiding by the Geneva Convention, which is not true, as new laws were passed in Hungary that make the process of asylum seeking so short and vague, that the very principle at the heart of the Geneva Convention - that each individual has the right to seek asylum - is violated.
"For the Hungarian Greens, neither the closing of borders nor the criminalisation of refugees and migrants can solve the problems that have arisen. Hungary needs to build new facilities to house refugees and migrants and both the police and the Hungarian Immigration Authority need additional funds”.