The Hungarian government has extended the country’s national emergency due to the threat of “mass migration” for another six months despite the presence of only a few thousand asylum seekers on its southern border.
The decision was published on Monday in the government official bulletin, the Hungarian Gazette. Adopted last year in response to the more or less unobstructed passage through Hungary of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers desperate to reach Germany, the special emergency situation can be invoked by governmental decree.
The extension will last from September 8, 2016, through March 8, 2017.
According to Index.hu, the parliamentary committee on law enforcement and defense convened last Thursday to discuss the extending of the mass-migration emergency situation.
Fidesz parliamentary group leader Lajos Kósa said state security agency reports indicate that Hungary will experience increased migratory pressure due to Turkey’s unwillingness to follow through with its agreement with the EU to stem the flow of migrants arriving from Turkey.
While migratory pressure on Hungary has not increased since the country erected a 100-mile fence along its southern border with Serbia, ruling party Fidesz is doing everything it can to drum up voter support for its anti-EU refugee quota referendum on October 2, including blanketing the country in anti-migration-related news, propaganda, and government statements.