After losing ground on its most repressive practices against asylum seekers, including refoulement in Serbia, Hungary has passed a new law came into force on 1 July, which pushed back their rights.
A note in English from Hungarian Helsinki Committee summarizes them:
- expanding opportunities for detention of asylum seekers and detention criteria allowing a largely arbitrary;
- appeal periods too short in case of a negative decision (8 days), especially for those without access to translators and legal advice;
- the appellate courts are not competent in terms of immigration law and which experience shows that almost always confirm the decisions of the administration;
- Reception conditions severely degraded in overcrowded and poorly maintained facilities.