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Hungary has accused the Austrian chancellor of making comments unworthy of a 21st century leader after he described the country’s asylum seeker policies as reminiscent of Nazi-era Germany.
Key points:Austrian chancellor compares country’s asylum seeker policies to Nazi-era GermanyPutting people on train who believed they were going elsewhere awoke memories of Jews in WWII: FaymannMunich overwhelmed by refugee influx and calls on other German cities to pull weight
On September 3, asylum seekers boarded a train in Budapest in the belief they were heading to the border with Austria, but the train was stopped 35 kilometres west of the capital in the town of Bicske, where Hungary has a camp for asylum seekers.In a recent interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann was harshly critical of the decision.He said putting people in a train who believed they were going somewhere else awoke memories of the darkest time in Europe’s history, a reference to Nazi deportations of Jews during World War II.Hungary has summoned the Austrian ambassador in protest, accusing Mr Faymann of making irresponsible statements and making it harder to find a European solution to the refugee crisis.Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto said the Austrian chancellor had been pursuing a “campaign of lies” against Hungary for weeks.Asylum seekers describe being put in ‘jails’
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Thousands of asylum seekers are crossing the border every day to Hungary, an eastern outpost of Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone, and many are travelling on to the continent’s more prosperous west and north in what is Europe’s worst refugee crisis since the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.Many of the asylum seekers arriving in Hungary, however, want to avoid being registered there for fear of being returned there later as they travel on to richer countries.Saeed, a 25-year-old Syrian, was one of many refugees complaining about his treatment in Hungary.Speaking to the Reuters news agency in the Austrian border town of Nickelsdorf, he said he had spent the last six days in Hungary, where he was taken to five camps and had to sleep standing up in an overcrowded room.”They put us in jails. We were there for a week, …Read More