Before the parliament break for summer deputies passed several important bills dealing with illegal immigration and the construction of a fence on the Hungarian - Serbian border.
Interior Minister Sándor Pintér said the new bills would help to identify and protect refugee claimants by speeding up the review of refugee applications.
The new bills allow authorities to act decisively if need be and deport those not qualified for refugee status.
Among other things, the new bills restrict the rights of repeated asylum seekers, which means that those submit repeated application for refugee status won't automatically get it and they can't stay in the country indefinitely.
Refugee applicants will be required to provide valid documents to prove their identity; in the absence of authentic documents refugee claimants will be asked to do everything in their power to clarify their situation; for example, contact their families in their home countries and obtain credible documents from their government agencies if they are not persecuted.
A refugee applicant may remain in custody while his/her application is under review. Authorities shall terminate application proceedings if the applicant leaves his/her residence without permission for more than 48 hours.
Those involved in terrorism, financing of terrorism and incitement of violent acts, as well as those considered national security risk can't be accepted as a refugees.
The amendment of the refugee bill entitles authorities to seize the assets of migrants if they damage state property to make up for repair costs.
The amendment of the Law of the State Border specifies that the state is entitled to appropriate a 10m-wide strip of land along the state border, which can be used to maintain national security, and the construction of a border fence to prevent migrants to slip into the country undetected. Owners will receive compensation for the appropriation of their land.
The law, which comes into force on August 1 entitles government agencies to compel third-country nationals living in Hungary to perform public work in order to contribute to their lodging costs.
(magyarhirlap.hu – hungarianambiance.com)