BUDAPEST, Hungary – Balking at European Union rules, Hungary's government says it will temporarily not take back any asylum seekers who registered in Hungary but moved elsewhere in Europe before their requests were resolved.
According to the EU's Dublin regulation, refugees can be sent back to the country where they first requested asylum. Hungary has become a point of entry into the bloc for tens of thousands of migrants from Asia, the Middle East and Africa. While many migrants travel first through Greece, Serbia, Macedonia and other EU member or candidate countries, the bloc has expressed concerns about their safety in those places.
Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Tuesday that Hungary had informed 14 mostly EU countries that it will suspend taking back asylum seekers it registered, saying its refugee infrastructure is overloaded.