Migrants found in Hungary taken to transit zones

AP , Monday 13 Jun 2016

Officials in Hungary say some migrants detained by police after breaching the fence on the border with Serbia will be taken to transit zones beyond the fence where they can apply for asylum.

Until now, migrants detained by police and requesting asylum were usually taken to open reception centers, from where most continued their journeys to western Europe, but Hungary is planning to shut the centers down.

Gyorgy Bakondi, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's security adviser, said that the rules approved Monday by parliament will apply to migrants detained within 8 kilometers (5 miles) of the border but where it cannot be determined that they cut through the border fence — a criminal act since the razor-wire barrier was built late last year.

Human rights advocates consider that measure as another restriction on migrants and refugees.

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