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Jan 19, 2018

Parliament to decide on "Stop Soros" legislative package in February

János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said the government believes it is important that organizations involved in organizing and facilitating illegal immigration with funding from abroad should operate in a more transparent manner

Hungary’s parliament is likely to decide in February on another legislative package aimed at countering illegal immigration which is necessary in the interest of enhancing the country’s security.

János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said the government believes it is important that organizations involved in organizing and facilitating illegal immigration with funding from abroad should operate in a more transparent manner.

The Hungarian government has adopted a draft package under which “promoters of illegal migration” would be required to share data with the authorities, and would have to pay a 25 percent tax on donations from abroad.

Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács referred to the package as “Stop Soros” laws.

Interior Minister Sándor Pintér suggested that Hungarians “organizing immigration” could be banned from the Schengen border zone under the new laws.

Pintér said that those “contributing to illegal migration” would be required to share information with a law court, which would keep “accessible” records of the data shared.