Sunday, July 2, 2023

What is the 2018 anti-migration policy in Hungary that violated EU law?

 In 2018, Hungary passed a law called the "Stop Soros" act, which criminalized people who helped migrants and refugees apply for asylum

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 The law also prevented people from applying for asylum if they came to Hungary from a country where their life and freedom were not at risk
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 The government dubbed the law the "Stop Soros" act to target liberal philanthropist George Soros, whom the Hungarian leader frequently denigrates amid crackdowns on his opponents and free-speech advocates
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 The law was opposed by the European Commission, which opened an infringement procedure in an effort to force Hungary to repeal the law
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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in 2021 that Hungary violated EU law with its 2018 anti-migration policy and by "criminalizing" civil society
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 The court found that Hungary's law criminalizing support for asylum seekers and limiting the right to asylum violated EU law
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 The verdict is the latest legal achievement for the European Commission in its years-long battle over migration with Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orb├ín and his ruling Fidesz government
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In summary, the 2018 anti-migration policy in Hungary that violated EU law was the "Stop Soros" act, which criminalized people who helped migrants and refugees apply for asylum and prevented people from applying for asylum if they came to Hungary from a country where their life and freedom were not at risk.

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