Hungary is Hot Spot for Migrants

“Hungary is new hot spot on migrant route into EU,” by Pablo Gorondi for the Associated Press (reposted by Yahoo News):

With the Mediterranean Sea becoming too treacherous and other routes blocked by barbed-wire fences, would-be migrants are taking a new route into the Europe Union: through Hungary.

Coming from as far away as Afghanistan and Syria and as near as Kosovo and Albania, thousands of migrants a week are crossing into Hungary and requesting asylum, turning the country into an EU transit hot spot.

The surging number of immigrants has encouraged far-right and anti-Islam movements across Western Europe. It is also causing strains in remote places like Asotthalom, a Hungarian village near the border with Serbia, where a trickle of migrants three years ago has turned into a flood.

The situation this year “has become practically unbearable,” said village mayor Laszlo Toroczkai.

This summer he formed a team of rangers who spend most of their time picking up migrants, who are taken to a police station in the city of Szeged where most apply for asylum in Hungary. Then —just as migrants entering the EU from Italy do — they continue on to Germany, Sweden or elsewhere in Western Europe where they hope to make new lives or join relatives who have already made it…

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