Hungary posts ads in Lebanese media warning off migrants

The ad says that would-be refugees entering Hungary illegally will be imprisoned.


“Hungarians are hospitable, but the strongest possible action is taken against people who attempt to enter Hungary illegally”, the government warned in the advertisement in the daily An Nahar. He subsequently granted the Hungarian army additional powers to deal with the crisis.

“This year marks a major breakthrough: we will double the number of children enrolled in Lebanese public schools compared to last year“, said Tanya Chapuisat, UNICEF’s Lebanon representative.

The statement, which included the Hungarian government’s signature, concluded that “Hungary will not allow illegal immigrants to cross its territory”.

Lebanon is struggling with at least 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees who fled their country’s civil war, now in its fifth year.

Hungary closed its border with Serbia on September 15 and recently erected a steel barrier at the Beremend border crossing with Croatia to try to slow the flow of migrants.

In Turkey overnight, about 700 mainly Syrians who waited at Istanbul’s main bus station for a week after authorities suspended ticket sales to the northwestern town of Edirne, set out to walk the 150 mile distance to the town, near the Greek border, in an effort to reach Europe, Agence France-Presse reported.

This month, Denmark also placed adverts in several Lebanese newspapers, warning would-be migrants about new and tougher restrictions on those arriving in the Scandinavian country.


Meanwhile, German vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel urged the global community to increase aid to Mideast countries hosting millions of Syrian refugees, saying this is key to slowing migration to Europe.

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