Hungary warns refugees in newspaper ad

Lebanese newspaper prints Hungarian government warning to refugees, as Hungary’s Orban calls refugee flow 'threat'

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Refugees line up to board buses near the Austrian-Hungarian border in Nickelsdorf, Austria, September 21, 2015.

One of Lebanon’s most read newspaper on Monday published a full-page public notice by the Hungarian government, warning asylum seekers that they can be detained if they try to enter the country illegally.

The "strongest possible action is taken against those who attempt to enter Hungary illegally," the information in the An-Nahar said.

Hungary closed its frontier with Serbia on Sept. 15 but reopened it Sunday for vehicles which are to be inspected before passing.

On Monday, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said EU states will be forced to protect themselves from the “threat” of a refugee influx until they agree on a mutual stance towards the problem.

"Our borders are under threat, our life based on a respect for laws...and the whole of Europe. We are being run over," Orban told parliament.

He called on all parliamentary parties to back the government proposal to use the military to protect Hungary’s borders.

He also said the priority of the European countries should be to protect the borders and stop the overflow of refugees before discussing refugee quotas.

Last week EU ministers were unable to come to an unanimous agreement over mandatory quotas to redistribute 120,000 refugees among their countries.

Now foreign ministers from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are to hold a meeting on Monday and are expected to oppose Germany's call for more sharing of refugees between EU countries, the BBC has reported. Germany had announced it would take in at least 800,000 refugees by the end of this year.

Another meeting of  EU interior ministers will take place on Tuesday to discuss the crisis and EU leaders are to gather for an extraordinary meeting the following day in Brussels to talk about how to handle the influx of asylum seekers.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees, most of them from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea, are fleeing their homes due to war, conflict and poverty.

TRTWorld and agencies