Recently I asked about why Viktor Orban had said no to having 54,000 refugees taken away from Hungary. I saw an excellent interview with Kim Scheppele on Hungarian Spectrum explaining how this would call Orban’s bluff.
While right wing politicians keep stoking fear by hysterically citing ever greater numbers of refugees entering the country, they keep fairly quiet about the fact that they leave straight away. This is like panicking about the number of people entering Heathrow airport over the course of the day. There are moments when it gets crowded but by evening the only persons you will see are the cleaners.
The interview with Scheppele also addressed the point of refugees who have initially landed in Greece not being returned there. Last year the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg deemed that Greece was not a safe country which explains why migrants entering the EU first by Greece and then proceeding along the Balkan route through Hungary should be registered first in Hungary. Scheppele does not mention the ruling but there have been cases brought before the court where the shortcomings of Greece’s asylum procedure are referred to and that in returning asylum seekers to Greece, such applicants were being exposed to risks.
So the fearmongering in Central and Eastern European countries continues unabated with the authorities liberally using the tactic of confusing people with numbers. The Hungarian government’s latest billboard campaign chillingly says “The People Have Decided: Hungary Must Protect Its Borders” (subtext: against the Muslim hordes). Obviously this kind “Christian” (really?) attitude prevails over any Buddhist notion of karma. The welcome received by those Hungarians fleeing in 1956 leaves the Magyars of today stone cold.
With Russia having entered the arena in Syria, bungled air strikes tantamount to war crimes in Afghanistan and tragic suicide bombings in Turkey, the flow of refugees is only going to increase and now that border crossing options are disappearing the next probable route will be a dangerous sea crossing into Ukraine and then Poland where the Law and Justice Party are the favourites to win the autumn parliamentary elections. Already President Duda is showing himself to be not the president of all Poles but only of the ones subscribing to the “Christian values” of his own party. Watch while Poland even outdoes Hungary in racist rhetoric. It’s already happening.