U.N. urges EU states not to send asylum seekers back to Hungary

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Posted: Apr 10, 2017 9:03 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency called on European Union states on Monday not to send asylum seekers back to Hungary until that country makes its new law on mandatory detention of migrants conform with EU and international law.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called mass migration a threat to Europe's socioeconomic make-up and a "Trojan horse for terrorism" and Hungary has been a focal point for Europe's migration crisis since 2015.

"Since it came into force on 28 March, new asylum-seekers, including children, are detained in shipping containers surrounded by high razor fences at the border for the entire length of their asylum procedures," the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement.

"As of 7 April, there were 110 people, including four unaccompanied children and children with their families, held there," the statement said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Louise Ireland)