Hungarian Parliament Approves Construction of Border FenceEU | July 7, 2015, Tuesday // 12:59| views
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his speech during the Hungary-Serbia Business Forum in the Hotel Kempinski Corvinus in Budapest, 01 July 2015. Photo: EPA
The Hungarian Parliament approved on Monday the construction of a fence along the border with Serbia as a measure towards reducing the influx of refugees.
Hungarian MPs also adopted amendments to several laws relating to migration and asylum, Daily News Hungary informs.
The bill, which was submitted by Hungary's Interior Minister Sandor Pinter, was adopted with 151 votes in favour and 42 against.
The new legislation will accelerate procedures for assessing the claims of asylum-seekers and will allow for economic migrants to be turned back as quickly as possible.
The amendment also foresees for simplifying the current two-tier asylum process by combining the two phases of investigating the asylum-seeker's identity into a single step.
The legislation will also limit the right for those, who have submitted asylum requests multiple times, to stay in Hungary while their requests are being processed.
Deputy group leader of ruling Fidesz party said that the construction of a fence would contribute to European security and pointed to similar facilities in Bulgaria and Spain, which have considerably reduced the number of migrants.
The fence is projected to have a length of 175 kilometres.