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9th May, 2019

Hungary tries to expel Afghan families

The European Court of Human Rights intervened after Hungary tried to expel three Afghan families on Tuesday, the BBC reports.

The expulsion of one of the families – a woman and her four children – was impeded by the European Court with a temporary ruling.

The woman said in a video message that she had arrived legally in Hungary but had been confined to a camp, and was now being told that she and her family must return to Serbia or Afghanistan.

“Serbia did not admit us; how could we go back there?” she asked in the video. The woman’s 17-year-old son underwent heart surgery two months ago.

A 35-year-old pregnant mother from the second family fainted and was hospitalised during the expulsion attempt. Her husband and their three children were allowed to stay in the transit zone established on the border with Serbia.

The third family decided to leave Hungary through Serbia, but will not return to Afghanistan. Their expulsion was witnessed by staff members of the UN High Commissioner’s Office for Refugees and journalists.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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