Hundreds of migrants have been left stranded outside the Keleti Train station in Budapest after Hungary blocked asylum-seekers from travelling to European countries for the second day today.
The situation in Hungary is just the latest in a series of crises occurring as European nations struggle to cope with the largest mass migration since the end of World War II. The influx of migrants – many of whom are fleeing violence and instability in their home countries – has been disproportionately impacting the poorer countries of the EU such as Greece, Italy, and Hungary.
This year, Hungary has accepted more than 150,000 migrants in an often lax effort to register all of them. While migrants remained stranded, Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, plans to meet with European leaders in Brussels on Thursday to reconcile the current crisis.
The dangers that befall migrants in the desperate position to cross borders are well documented. But now, migrants are experiencing these risks within the EU. Just last week 50 smuggled migrants were found dead in a van on the outskirts of Vienna.
The influx of migrants, the burden they are placing on countries, as well as the risks they are facing have all forced many in the EU to question its asylum policy. Currently, under the Dublin System, refugees should apply for asylum in the first country the enter. However, Greece has said it has been inundated with applications, and Hungary has been building a controversial razor-wire fence around its borders to keep migrants out.
Recently, Germany agreed to suspend the Dublin System, and said it will begin registering migrants in Germany. Finland has also agreed to stop sending migrants back to the country they arrived in.
However, many countries in the EU are still struggling to determine how they will deal with the influx, which shows no sign of abating.