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Hungary to Close Zones Holding Asylum-Seekers 

Hungary to Close Zones Holding Asylum-Seekers 

Hungary is closing its border transit zones where it held asylum-seekers as they waited for authorities to review their applications. The move announced Thursday by President Viktor Orban’s chief of staff follows a ruling last week by the European Union’s top court saying the system amounted to detention. Hungary said it was moving 280 asylum-seekers to other facilities as a result of closing the transit zones. All new asylum applications will now only be accepted at Hungarian embassies and consulates. Orban’s government has sought to strictly limit immigration, and during a 2015 migrant crisis in Europe it built fences along its southern border.     


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