Inside Story

Why is Hungary’s crackdown on refugees criticised?

A new Hungarian law allows the detention of all asylum seekers as new fences are built along its border with Syria.

A new law has been signed in Hungary to allow the detention of all asylum seekers – including 14-year-old children and above.

New fences along the border with Serbia are also planned, to try to prevent a new wave of refugees.

And a new volunteer force called Border Hunters are being trained to patrol borders.

Amnesty International says the new measures are a violation of international law.

Are Hungary’s tactics out of line?

And is the EU to blame for not providing support?

Presenter: Dareen Abughaida


Vincent Cochetel – UNHCR

Elizabeth Collett – Migration Policy Institute Europe

Raphael Bossong – German Institute for International and Security Affairs