The Hungarian government has appropriated HUF 6.6 billion (USD 24 million) to construct the controversial fence along the border with Serbia. Announcement of the appropriation was made in the Tuesday edition of the Hungarian Gazette (Magyar Közlöny), the government’s official newsletter.
According to the Hungarian Gazette, the temporary fence to protect Hungary’s border will be built with funds set aside for extraordinary projects. The interior ministry will have to account for its use of the funds by March 31st, 2016.
On Monday, the Hungarian parliament modified a law to give the Hungarian government authority to build the fence ten meters inside Hungarian soil. Critics point out that, from a strictly legal point of view, it will not prevent so-called “economic migrants” from reaching Hungarian soil and requesting asylum. Nor is it clear how the Hungarian government intends to “fence off” the Danube and Tisza rivers, especially as the former is an international waterway.
The decision to erect a 4-meter-tall, 175-kilometer-long fence along the border with Serbia comes after months of government-sponsored anti-immigrant propaganda.
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