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Monday 23 October 2017

EU commissioner calls on Hungary to comply with asylum rules

EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos met with Hungarian officials
EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos met with Hungarian officials

The European Union's commissioner for migration is calling on Hungary to comply with the bloc's rules on dealing with asylum seekers.

New legislation entering into force in Hungary on Tuesday allows the detention of all asylum seekers in border container camps.

It has been sharply criticised by UN agencies and human rights advocates.

EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos met with Hungarian officials and said experts would discuss the new asylum rules to ensure "that EU rules also are complied with".

Meanwhile, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, an advocate for asylum seekers, said that a temporary order late on Monday from the European Court of Human Rights prevents Hungary from taking eight teenagers and a woman with a high-risk pregnancy from refugee reception centres to the border container camps.

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