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EU commissioner calls on Hungary to comply with asylum rules

  • EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, left, and Hungarian Interior Minister Sandor Pinter hold a joint press conference after their meeting at the Ministry of Interior in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (Noemi Bruzak/MTI via AP)

    EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, left, and Hungarian Interior Minister Sandor Pinter hold a joint press conference after their meeting at the Ministry of Interior in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (Noemi Bruzak/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos speaks during a joint press conference with Hungarian Interior Minister Sandor Pinter at the interior ministry in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Avramopoulos  is calling on Hungary to comply with the bloc’s rules on dealing with asylum seekers. (Noemi Bruzak/MTI via AP)

    EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos speaks during a joint press conference with Hungarian Interior Minister Sandor Pinter at the interior ministry in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Avramopoulos is calling on Hungary to comply with the bloc’s rules on dealing with asylum seekers. (Noemi Bruzak/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian workers leave a container camp at Serbia's border with Hungary near a makeshift camp for migrants in Horgos, Serbia, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Hungary's new legislation allowing for the placement of all asylum-seekers in border container camps took effect Tuesday, with the European Union's commissioner for migration saying that it needs to comply with the bloc's rules. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Hungarian workers leave a container camp at Serbia's border with Hungary near a makeshift camp for migrants in Horgos, Serbia, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Hungary's new legislation allowing for the placement of all asylum-seekers in border container camps took effect Tuesday, with the European Union's commissioner for migration saying that it needs to comply with the bloc's rules. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union's commissioner for migration is calling on Hungary to comply with the bloc's rules on dealing with asylum seekers.

New legislation entering into force in Hungary on Tuesday allows the detention of all asylum seekers in border container camps. It has been sharply criticized by UN agencies and human rights advocates.

EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos met with Hungarian officials and said experts would discuss the new asylum rules to ensure "that EU rules also are complied with."

Meanwhile, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, an advocate for asylum seekers, said that a temporary order late Monday from the European Court of Human Rights prevents Hungary from taking eight teenagers and a woman with a high-risk pregnancy from refugee reception centers to the border container camps.