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Jun 10, 2016

Migrant Crisis: Hungary to close last remaining reception center

The center in Bicske, near Budapest, is no longer needed because the government has managed to stop the migrant flow

Hungary says it is planning to close its largest remaining reception center for migrants and refugees, reports AP today.

Janos Lazar, Prime Minister Orban's chief of staff, has said that the complex in the town of Bicske, near Budapest, is no longer needed because the government has managed to stop the migrant flow.

The Bicske facility is supposed to hold about 500 people, but usually operates well above capacity.

In December, Hungary closed the reception center in the eastern city of Debrecen, which could hold 1,200 people and opened during the 1990s wars in the former Yugoslavia.

Dozens of migrants a day are still arriving in Hungary, most by breaching the razor-wire fence built last year on the border with Serbia. Nearly all leave quickly for Germany and other Western destinations.