February 16, 2017 / 2:10 PM / a year ago

PM Orban's government plans to close all migrant holding camps within Hungary

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary plans to gradually close down all the migrant camps located within the country as it prepares to set up camps on the border instead, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff said on Thursday.

Boys from Damascus, Syria, hold onto the fence of a newly opened reception camp for migrants near the village of Roszke, Hungary September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Janos Lazar also reiterated that the government plans to set up camps at 2-3 places on the southern border, where it wants to keep migrants while their asylum requests are being assessed.

Amnesty International said last week that Hungary’s plan to detain all asylum seekers in containers near the border was “yet another disturbing move in a pattern of demonising this already very vulnerable group.”

Reporting by Krisztina Than and Gergely Szakacs; Editing by Toby Chopra

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