Budapest- Hungary’s parliament voted on Tuesday to overwhelmingly back a decision to automatically detain all asylum seekers in container camps at the country’s borders, prompting “deep concern” from the U.N. refugee agency, BBC reported.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it was a response to recent terror attacks in Europe carried out by migrants.

Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony for 450 new border police, he said Hungary was “under siege.” “The migration flow has only slowed, but it is not over,” Orban said. “We have gained time to strengthen our lines of defense.” He called immigration “the Trojan horse of terrorism”, adding: “If the world sees that we can defend our borders… then no one will try to come to Hungary illegally”.

“Those readying for the journey do not want to live according to our ways and culture, but according to their own – only with a European quality of life,” he said in Budapest.

Under the new measures, all asylum seekers entering Hungary – and those currently in the country – will be confined in camps built from shipping containers while their asylum applications are processed.

Appeals against rejected applications will be fast-tracked, and those denied entry may have to cover their own detention costs.

Human rights groups including Amnesty International have raised grave concerns about the crackdown, calling it “xenophobic, fear-mongering propaganda.” “There are hardly 400 asylum seekers in the country,” said a statement issued by seven groups, including Amnesty International Hungary, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, and MigSzol, the Migrant Solidarity Group of Hungary. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency