The UN pours concern over Hungary’s plan to obstruct asylum seekers from entering the country 


June 19, Budapest: The United Nations has expressed concerns over Hungary’s plan to put up a four meter high fence along its border with Serbia, with the intentions to further obstruct asylum seekers from entering Hungary

According to,UNHCR’s Regional Representative for Central Europe, Montserrat Feixas Vihé,  “ this will be a further obstacle for people who have fled from war zones like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq and who desperately need safety and protection.”

On the eve of World Refugee Day, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) both  expressed strong concern over the Hungarian Government’s efforts to paint refugees as a threat to the country.

According to OHCHR, the Hungarian Government’s plans to build a fence along its border with Serbia, could force migrants to adopt more risky routes and modes of transport, putting them at greater risk of abuse by human traffickers and smugglers.

“If adopted…such harsh border enforcement measures…may prevent asylum-seekers, who may be in need of international protection, from accessing Hungarian territory,” Cécile Pouilly, OHCHR spokesperson said on Friday in Geneva.

Just this year over 23,000 people from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq  have applied for asylum in Hungary, according to the refugee agency.


For its part, UNHCR’s regional office in Budapest has prepared a set of billboards showcasing refugees who have successfully integrated into Hungarian society. One of the UNHCR posters features Zeeshan, a young Pakistani man who plays in Hungary’s enthusiastic, but little-known, national cricket team. “I want to play well for this country,” his message reads.

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