The government will move to change Hungary’s criminal code to make illegal migration a criminal offence rather than a misdemeanour, Minister in Charge of the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár has announced. The motion will be put to Parliament in autumn.
Hungary’s borders are still open at legal entry points, Lázár said. The temporary border fence being built on the southern border will be completed by November, he added. The government would take every possible measure to stop immigrants from “taking over” the country. The government regarded Serbia, Greece and Macedonia as “safe countries”, and migrants would be returned to those places if they were sent back to Hungary from Germany or Austria.
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