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The Hungarian parliament has passed new legislation that criminalises lawyers and activists who help asylum seekers. Anyone "facilitating illegal immigration" will face a year in jail. Viktor Orban's government has dubbed the legislation the "Stop Soros law", after the billionaire philanthropist it accuses of supporting Muslim migrants. The vote in Budapest came hours after a number of European Union leaders agreed to hold crisis talks on how to overhaul asylum rules. Hungary says immigration threatens its national security, but its hardline stance and new law have faced widespread international criticism. The UN refugee agency urged Hungarian officials to scrap the proposed law and legal experts from the Council of Europe human rights organisation appealed for the vote to be postponed until they had submitted a review of the measures on Friday. A report by the Council's Venice Commission leaked to the BBC said the Hungarian legislation "criminalises organisational activities which are not directly related to the materialisation of the illegal migration".
The political opposition is in disarray, civil society is under attack and the news media is almost fully under the control of the state.
Before the election, Mr. Orban promised that he would get even with all those who opposed him. “We will seek moral, legal and political recourse after the elections,” Mr. Orban told supporters.
So when a pro-government magazine, Figyelo, published a list of 200 Orban critics on Thursday, it was viewed as an ominous sign that he intended to make good on his threat.
originally posted by: CornishCeltGuy
a reply to: skywatcher44
Meanwhile in other news thousands of Hungarian people have migrated to the UK for work and to send money back home.
Roughly 100,000 Hungarian migrants are in the UK, but yeah, immigration is only okay for white people.
Italy says it will not sign up to an EU plan for tackling illegal migration to Europe if it does not make help for Italy a priority. The leaders of 10 member states plan to meet in Brussels on Sunday in a push to tighten border checks and stem the flow of non-EU migrants inside the bloc. Italy is now the main arrival point for boatloads of migrants - mostly Africans fleeing chaos and violence in Libya. "We need help now," Italy's right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said. "If we are going to Brussels to receive the HOMEWORK already prepared by the French and Germans... the prime minister would do better to save the cost of the trip," he tweeted.