STAND-OFF: Migrant Impasse in Hungary Enters Second Night

STAND-OFF: Migrant Impasse in Hungary Enters Second Night

Hundreds of migrant families – mostly from the Middle East and Africa – are in a standoff against the Hungarian police for a second consecutive night underneath a railway station in the eastern area of Hungary’s capital city, Budapest.

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Earlier in the day, the migrants and police clashed outside Keleti railway station as tensions rose, with some of the migrants claiming they should be allowed passage as they hold valid travel tickets.

Last week, the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, announced that Germany was prepared to accept large numbers of asylum seekers, and that has certainly led to an increase in the number of people wanting to migrate to Europe.

The stand-off is being caused as member nations of the European Union (EU) failed to formulate a common policy on how the region could deal with the migrants crisis waiting to happen with tens of thousands of migrants on the move.

The coastal regions of Italy and Greece – the first point of entry for migrants coming in from the Middle Eastern and African region – have protested that they have been swamped with the influx of migrants, while countries like the United Kingdom have refused to take in more and more refugees.

In the interim, the foreign ministers of Germany, Italy, and France have proposed a “fair distribution” of refugees across the continent through a statement released by the Italian foreign ministry.

Meanwhile, non-governmental organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) are carrying out rescue efforts independently.

The migrants wish to seek refuge in EU countries such as Germany, France, and UK, but an EU rule – informally known as the Dublin Regulation – requires migrants to first seek asylum in the first country they enter, after which they may proceed onwards if the country which gives them refuge is a part of the borderless Schengen Area.

However, this has proved extremely hard to implement with the countries in the coastal region being overwhelmed by the influx of migrants.

The state of Bavaria – and particularly its city of Munich – Germany has seen a record number of migrants come in from the south. Greece saw the arrival of 23,000 migrants last week alone, said the EU’s border control agency Frontex – an increase of 50% on the previous week.

The BBC reports that “the number of migrants entering Europe has reached record levels, with 107,500 arriving in July alone. Germany expects to take in 800,000 migrants this year – four times last year’s total.”

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