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Tens of thousands flee Ukraine

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

A pro-government commentator contrasts the tens of thousands of ‘white and Christian genuine refugees’ from Ukraine, with those he calls illegal migrants coming from distant countries. A left-wing columnist finds such distinctions racist. READ MORE

Conflicting views on Afghan refugees

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

A left-wing columnist believes that it would be the moral duty of Europe to offer shelter for Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban. A pro-government commentator, on the other hand, thinks that a mass influx of Afghan migrants could result in a crisis reminiscent of the Islamist takeover of Afghanistan itself. READ MORE

Hungarian government offers refuge to Venezuelan Hungarians

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

A pro-government columnist welcomes the government’s decision to admit more than 300 Venezuelan individuals with Hungarian ancestry. A left-wing commentator agrees with the decision, but finds it peculiar that humanitarian help should be conditional on ethnic kinship. READ MORE

Gruevski granted asylum

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

As both the former Macedonian Prime Minister himself and unofficial sources quoted by the leading government daily suggest that Mr Gruevski has been granted political asylum in Hungary, commentators express diametrically opposing views on the procedure employed by the Hungarian authorities. READ MORE

Former Macedonian PM seeks asylum in Hungary

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

A left-wing commentator accuses the Hungarian government of showing more sympathy towards Macedonian ex-PM Nikola Gruevski, who fled a prison sentence for corruption, and is seeking asylum in Hungary, than towards refugees escaping war. READ MORE

Refugee holiday prevented by residents

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Critics of the government excoriate PM Viktor Orbán for saying he had no problem with the inhabitants of a small village in southern Hungary who protested against a guesthouse owner because he planned to host a group of refugees for a short holiday. READ MORE

Hungary to take asylum seekers into custody

Monday, January 16th, 2017

A conservative pundit welcomes the government’s plan to take asylum seekers into custody while their applications are processed. Her left-wing counterpart thinks that there is no real terrorist danger that would necessitate such strict regulations. READ MORE

Renzi threatens to block EU subsidies to Eastern Europe

Friday, October 28th, 2016

A conservative columnist calls Italy’s Prime Minister a populist, after Matteo Renzi said he would veto the budget of the European Union if east European countries continue to refuse to host their share of refugees. READ MORE

Dispute over migration rumbles on

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

PM Orbán’s speech at the European Parliament continues to be a major subject of debate. Conservative commentators tend to agree that Hungary should not become more open to migrants, while left-wing and liberal commentators accuse the government of xenophobia. READ MORE

PM Orbán addresses European Parliament

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The leading left-wing daily accuses the Prime Minister of provoking both his domestic and foreign audience. A pro-government analyst believes that he has clear answers to migration problems while his counterparts do not have a clue what to do with newcomers. READ MORE