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Hungarian authorities closed main camp for illegal migrants three weeks before stated period

09 December 2016

The Hungarian authorities closed the camp for illegal migrants in the town of Bicske three weeks before the stated period, BBC reported on 9 December.

The refugees were given one hour to leave. The majority of migrants were sent to a camp on the border with Austria, another part – to a homeless shelter in Budapest.

The camp in Bicske was opened in 1990 for the reception of ethnic Hungarians who had fled their neighboring Romania. At the peak of the migration crisis in Europe last year, over 1.5 million refugees were held in the Bicske camp.

Having faced the influx of refugees in the summer 2015, Prime Minister Viktor Orban promised to close the borders to illegal migrants and initiated the construction of the barrier along the borders with the Balkan countries.

In September 2015, it became known that the police of Hungary was going to employ three thousand people for the position of “boundary hunters”. They should join the ten thousand soldiers and police officers who guard the barbed wire fence erected on the Hungarian border to curb the flow of migrants.

Adapted from BBC

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