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Hungary approves "STOP Soros" bills, defying EU, rights groups

Under the law, officially called "STOP Soros", individuals or groups who help migrants not entitled to protection to submit requests for asylum or who help illegal migrants gain status to stay in Hungary will be liable to prison terms.


Reuters Hungary
Updated: 20-06-2018 19:00 IST
Hungary approves "STOP Soros" bills, defying EU, rights groups

Orban has led eastern European opposition to European Union quotas to distribute migrants around the bloc.  (Image Credit: Twitter)

Hungary's parliament on Wednesday approved a package of bills that criminalises some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and human rights groups and narrowing the scope for action by non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Under the law, officially called "STOP Soros", individuals or groups who help migrants not entitled to protection to submit requests for asylum or who help illegal migrants gain status to stay in Hungary will be liable to prison terms.

Parliament, where Prime Minister Viktor Orban's right-wing Fidesz party has a two-thirds majority, also passed a constitutional amendment to state that an "alien population" cannot be settled in Hungary.

Orban has led eastern European opposition to European Union quotas to distribute migrants around the bloc.

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