The nation of Hungary is looking to container housing to solve a growing problem at border camps, as migrants wait for their asylum requests to be settled.
According to FOX News, human rights advocates have noted that Hungary was already holding large numbers of asylum-seekers in closed camps and that the massive, indiscriminate detention of all asylum-seekers “has not been seen in decades in democratic Europe.”
Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has been outspoken on the issue of immigration, echoing a sentiment similar to that of President Donald Trump.
“Once new rules are in place, any migrants detained anywhere in Hungary without documents allowing them to be in the country will be returned across the border,” said Janos Lazar, Orban’s chief of staff.
The strong words from the Orban Administration have also drawn criticism.
“The government would do better instead to improve the quality of the open reception centers and spend this money on the integration of people who have found asylum in Hungary,” said the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in a statement.
The committee has also vowed to sue Hungary at the European Court of Justice in every case where asylum-seekers are illegally kept in custody, which would likely force the country to make compensation payments.
Currently, asylum seekers with claims that are under appeal are housed in mostly open camps, and some leave for other destinations in Western Europe before their appeals are decided.
Any migrants detained within five miles of the border are routinely sent back across the fences Hungary has built on its southern borders with Serbia and Croatia.
Lazar says that the measures have to be enacted in instances like this, when Hungary has declared a state of emergency due to mass migration.
“It is clear that the security situation in Europe has deteriorated, not improved,” said Lazar.
“Turkey is presently defending the borders of Europe. We would like to strengthen the Hungarian border.”
Lazar also said that the country was ready to build a second, stronger fence if needed, on its southern borders, in addition to building several small bases along the fence for the thousands of border police.
Hungary granted asylum or some form of protection to 425 people in 2016. It received 29,432 applications.
As Daily Business News readers are aware, other nations have also turned to shipping containers as a potential solution to their housing crises due to an influx of immigrants.
Sweden has looked to Peter Eriksson, CEO of Svenska Containerhus to repurpose surplus shipping containers, and in Canada, the city of Vancouver is turning containers into single suites to battle their housing crisis.
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Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.