In a full-page advertisement in several newspapers, including Lebanon’s leading An-Nahar and Jordan’s Al-Rai, the government said “the strongest possible action is taken” against people who attempt to enter Hungary illegally.
“Do not listen to the people smugglers”.
A Hungarian police officer looks for migrants crossing the border from Croatia in the village of Zakany, Hungary, Sunday, September 20, 2015.
The port of Tripoli is registering a daily movement of seven ships carrying more than 3,000 Syrians who enter Lebanon, as those registered as refugees in the country cannot leave by sea as majority do not carry passports.
According to the sources, the Syrian travellers have previously coordinated with known smugglers in Turkey who would receive them in specified locations before trying to smuggle them to Europe.
Hungary’s ads were not the first. Denmark also warned that migrants whose applications are rejected will be deported immediately.
Meanwhile in Lebanon, the education minister appealed to donors to remain committed to helping the country deal with the flux of refugees, including providing free schooling to hundreds of thousands of refugee children now here.
“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.
Syria’s civil war has killed an estimated 250,000 people, and many continue to flee their homes, with 4 million refugees and another 7.6 million displaced inside the country.
Lebanon’s government is starting a campaign to register as many as 200,000 Syrian refugee students in its already overwhelmed public school system, providing free registration and preparing an advocacy campaign to encourage parents. But he cautioned that almost the same number of Syrian refugee children are still out of schools.
FILE – In this May 29, 2014, file photo, a Syrian refugee student…