Index.hu publishes a comprehensive article about the asylum/refugee issue in Hungary with a lot of statistics, interviews with András Kováts from Menedék and Márta Pardavi from HHC. They also visited migrants in Subotica Serbia near the Hungarian border. The article is accompanied with a video made in Röszke at the Serbian border and in Szeged. The interviewer is mainly talking to and follows some civilian guards who, at least in the video, show some sympathy towards migrants. It also shows where people are processed in Szeged. It is worth watching even if it is in Hungarian
Mno.hu publishes an episode of Hirtv.hu’s police show, Riasztás (Alarm). The title of the show is ‘Honfoglalók’ a term which in one way refers to the Hungarian settlers but it also means homeland occupiers. We let you guess which meaning is applicable here! Also, the fact that this is a police show indicates that it does not approach refugees from a human rights perspective. And, yes, the thirteen minute-long video talks about ‘illegal migrants’ and how Europe and Hungary is ‘flooded’ with them, it shows an interview with a high-ranking border guard, we watch how heat cameras and border guards work. The video also shows what happens to migrants after being caught with the example of a very ‘scary’ Kosovo family (fingerprints taken, clothes and bags checked etc.). Be scared, be very scared!
Metropol.hu gives a comprehensive overview of the asylum situation together with statistics. Apparently, until 8 December, 31146 asylum seekers arrived in Hungary. The article talks about the technology at the borders, the fact that many migrants actually leave the country, and where the migrants come from and why. One of the big minuses of the article is the use of the term ‘illegal migrant’. It also mentions the amount of EU funds and the fact that for the EU the priority is obviously the protection of the borders because much more money is available for that than for integrating and helping the refugees. (Apparently, in the new funding period Hungary will get 12,1 billion euro for border protection and 2,1 billion euro for integration). The article also contains part of an interview with Ildikó Szász from Menedék talking about what happens to refugees after recognition and about some of the difficulties they face.
Szabadföld.hu publishes a short summary of the situation in the south with this nice headline. It also reassures its readers in the article itself that these people are not criminals and cannot be treated as criminals, they are fleeing because of problems in their own country.
Honvédelem.hu, the news site of the Hungarian army writes about the army helping out the police in Csongrád County with beds and tents for 250-300 migrants. There are pictures.
With this headline Népszava.hu is suggesting that the country is under some attack that we all have to be afraid of. Actually, it is merely about how more policemen and other police units help the police in the south to deal with the increased number of migrants. They also received a new truck and the Hungarian army has supplied them with tents and beds for 300 ‘border offenders’. Hirado.hu introduces the story with the headline: ’So far, more than 25 thousand illegal migrants [sic!] have been caught in Csongrád’, Mno.hu simply says ‘Too many border offenders, the service has to be strengthened’
Délmagyar.hu writes about the new temporary camp in Nagyfa which will be a tent camp (!!) and on the grounds of the local prison (!!!). The press person of the OIN (Immigration office) told them that they are not planning to open new camps and that the camp in Nagyfa will be an open camp. The chief of Szeged police also informed the paper that the migrants are asylum-seekers and not criminals, but at the same time he was warning the locals not to provoke them and to close their doors and hide their valuables away. Many national media also reported on the opening of the camp but probably it was MNO.hu’ s headline which is the worst: ’They are opening a new camp for border offenders in the south’. Even Jobbik’s media, alfahir.hu wrote an article about the new camp, writing about ‘illegal migration’, ‘gang fights’ in the camps, ‘infectious diseases’, and the EU’s new border control exercize, Mos Maiorum.
Szegedma.hu reports how police caught altogether 171 migrants in 22 actions with the help of heat cameras and from the locals. Szegedma.hu uses the term ‘illegal migrants’. It does not mention all the nationalities of the migrants but some were Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis.
A short aricle on police.hu writes about the police catching 56 Kosovars and 2 Syrians, 21 of whom were children. Police started procedures against the two Kosovars, the other migrants asked for asylum.
Objektiv News Agency summarizes some police actions. First they caught a group of 10, one of whom was a Serbian smuggler and the others were Syrian migrants. Later it turned out that the smugglers helped 5 other Syrians who they found with the help of the police helicopter. 12 Syrians asked for asylum. Also police caught 21 Kosovars, 2 Afghans and 1 Albanian (with 7 children among them). The Albanian was given an expulsion order, the others asked for asylum. Apparently, a Hungarian man was helping them.