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Mar 08, 2017

Hungary responds to UNHCR claim that it 'tramples on European Union laws'

The Hungarian government has said that it gives priority to the interests and security of Hungarians, and no illegal migrants will be let into the country without a due assessment of their application for asylum

The Hungarian government has said that it gives priority to the interests and security of Hungarians, and no illegal migrants will be let into the country without a due assessment of their application for asylum.

The statement came in response to United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Cecile Pouilly’s assertion that Hungarian legislation tramples on European Union laws and an international law barring authorities from mass detention of asylum seekers.

“The UN High Commissioner’s Office for Refugees joined liberal politicians and foreign-funded NGOs in failing to understand that law applies to everyone," said Tamás Menczer, press secretary at the ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, adding that UNHCR “is promoting anarchy and chaos” against security and the rule of law.

Earlier on Tuesday, Parliament accepted legislation tightening asylum regulations and barring asylum seekers of 14 years of age and above from leaving the transit zones on the Serbian border.