The world is facing the "worst refugee crisis" since World War II and Europe must play its part in finding solution to this immense problem said Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Friday in Brussels.
Avramopoulos noted that the European Commission examining the possibility of further financial assistance to Hungary, Greece and Austria to help these countries dealing with the influx of migrants.
The commissioner pointed out that among the EU Member States, Hungary, Italy and Greece are the most exposed to the influx of refugees. He added that the committee received a request from Hungary on Thursday for an emergency aid of € 8 million (nearly HUF 2.5 billion) that EU authorities will examine without delay.
Avramopoulos also remarked that in late September or early October a high-level conference will be held in Hungary to address the challenges posed by waves of migrants arriving to Hungary and the European Union through the Western Balkans.
The Commissioner stressed that Hungary was one of the gates of migration into the European Union. In the past couple of months 35 thousands immigrants arrived in Hungary.
Reacting to the construction of the border barriers on the Hungarian-Serbian border Avramopoulos remarked that the European Commission does not support building fences on state borders as means of stopping the influx of migrants, instead, it recommends using 'alternative measures'.
In the meantime, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár announced that the government will build a double border barrier on the entire length of the 177-kilometre long Hungarian-Serbian border.
The first phase of the barriers, which is currently under construction will be in place by the end of August said Lázár; later on the second phase of the border barrier will be built to reinforce the first line of defense currently built from razor wire; in essence the two types of border barrier are being constructed at the same time.
Life in a Transit Zone near the Eastern Railway Station
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