I'm talking about the Hungarian border barrier that had been recently built on the Hungary-Serbian borders. What is the official reason announced by the Hungarian government? Is the goal of this barrier to stop the migrants? To control (reduce) the rate of inflow? Is the goal to deter them? Or why does the Hungarian government also force the migrants to choose different way?

European Union at all states mostly positively to receiving refugees, so isn't the protection of the Shengen just a subordination to the obsolete rules that aren't being taken seriously anyway?

  • @hownowbrowncow I'm not saying wheter it is bad or good. I'm asking what were the supporting arguments. – Probably Mar 2 '16 at 19:37
  • @hownowbrowncow Apart from not answering the question, this is one-sided point of you. Of course there are also many politicans against migration and many Europeans who express solidarity. Question is, what the official reasons were. – Probably Mar 2 '16 at 19:50
  • What do you mean by "defer"? A fence doesn't defer people. – Andrew Grimm Mar 2 '16 at 21:39
  • I'm guessing that defer (delay until a later time) should have been deter (make less likely). I was already editing, so I made that change too. – Brythan Mar 3 '16 at 0:13
  • @Brythan Well I really meant defer, i.e. to delay the massive float. But I don't know the original purpose, so I'm grateful for any proposals. – Probably Mar 3 '16 at 8:27

The Hungarian government under Viktor Orbán has repeatedly stated that they are not very pleased with the current influx of refugees and would rather prefer if those people would not exist. Unfortunately they do and European law requires Hungary to accept refugees. So claiming that the border fence would not be partially intended as a deterrent would be naïve.

However, the official purpose of the fence is to not deter refugees but to force them to enter Hungary through the official checkpoints so they can be properly registered. Those checkpoints are overcrowded and the humanitarian situation is disastrous, which drives many refugee to move through Croatia instead.

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