Europe

Local Muslims wary of Hungary's anti-migrant referendum

  • A woman holds a banner during a protest against Orban's policies regarding migrants in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.  Hungarians will vote Sunday in a referendum which Prime Minister Viktor Orban hopes will give his government the popular support it seeks to oppose any future plans by the European Union to resettle asylum seekers among its member states. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    A woman holds a banner during a protest against Orban's policies regarding migrants in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Hungarians will vote Sunday in a referendum which Prime Minister Viktor Orban hopes will give his government the popular support it seeks to oppose any future plans by the European Union to resettle asylum seekers among its member states. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man holds a banner depicting Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban, the reads "mini-prime minister" during a protest against Orban's policies regarding migrants in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.  Hungarians will vote Sunday in a referendum which Prime Minister Viktor Orban hopes will give his government the popular support it seeks to oppose any future plans by the European Union to resettle asylum seekers among its member states.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    A man holds a banner depicting Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban, the reads "mini-prime minister" during a protest against Orban's policies regarding migrants in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Hungarians will vote Sunday in a referendum which Prime Minister Viktor Orban hopes will give his government the popular support it seeks to oppose any future plans by the European Union to resettle asylum seekers among its member states.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

Muslims in Hungary say they are wary of the government's anti-migrant referendum which they say has boosted xenophobic feelings.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said Hungarians have "no problems" with the local Muslim community, but that any mandatory European Union quotas to relocate asylum seekers, including many Muslims, would destroy Hungary's Christian identity and culture.

Orban hopes that rejecting the EU quotas in Sunday's referendum will force Brussels to reconsider the scheme.

While Hungarians have been bombarded by the government's anti-migrant campaign, some 30 people took part in a "Muslims living among us" walking tour of a Budapest neighborhood to show the community's "human face."

Timea Nagy, a Hungarian Muslim who participated in the three-hour tour, said that "I'm starting to feel that my own homeland is repudiating me."