The Hungarian government recently announced that it plans to spend 6.6 billion forints on the construction of a fence on the Serbian border to keep asylum seekers and refugees from entering Hungary. A fence will make it much more difficult for people with a legitimate claim to asylum to reach a country in which they can get such protection. In Hungary getting protection has been made even more difficult by the amendments to the asylum law that the parliament passed last Monday. These amendments include proclaiming Serbia a safe third country and making it possible to categorically reject claims from people that traveled through safe third countries while also shortening the time the immigration office takes to screen asylum claims.
Over a thousand asylum seekers try to enter the European Union through Hungary on a daily basis. This has led to an incredible wave of humanitarian civilian response in the last two weeks: several Facebook groups from Szeged to Budapest have been set up to distribute food, water, clothes, shoes and information. At the same time people in Debrecen organized a demonstration against the government's xenophobic propaganda and the national consultation on migration and terrorism. The protest on Tuesday will voice this solidarity of Hungarians and show that, contrary to what the Hungarian Government keeps proclaiming, Hungary is not a xenophobic country.
The organizations that are included so far are:
42 Közössége Association
Amnesty International Hungary
Cordelia Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims
European Network Against Racism
Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Szivárvány Misszió Foundation
Szubjektív Values Foundation
The City Is For All
The protest was initiated by the activist organization Migszol, Migrant Solidarity Group of Hungary.
MigSzol is a Hungarian, independent and informal activist group that works for the social and political rights of migrants of all kinds in Hungary. Other Migszol movements all over country are all independent from each other.
For more information please contact MigSzol at
Tel.: +36 20 28 67 987